Beware of COVID Vaccine Scams
COVID scams, which first gained steam shortly after the virus itself did, are still a concerning threat. Now they are becoming more focused on vaccine-related activities. Malicious actors/cybercriminals seek to take advantage of unsuspecting users, preying on their fears of the virus and desire to get a vaccine sooner rather than later.
Scammers use information they find about individuals from social media or other online sources to send targeted messages, such as fraudulent “click here” links for available vaccine appointments. In some cases they pretend to be from the clinic where the person got their first vaccination, contacting them to schedule the second shot or as a follow up. Clicking on these links could lead to malicious software being downloaded to their computer or the theft of sensitive, personal data.
While it is important to stay safe during the pandemic, it is also important to stay cybersafe. Here are some of the most common scams and red flags to be aware of, as well as tips to avoid them.
Common Vaccine Scams and Red Flags
Tips to Help You Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams:
For more information on COVID-19 scams, visit the FBI page on COVID-19.
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