The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to COVID-19. Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes (social engineering). Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.
We encourage you to remain vigilant and take the following precautions:
- Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites and NEOMED’s COVID-19 advisory website—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations.
- Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information
If you suspect a COVID-19 scam, any other type of attempt for you to disclose sensitive information, or an urgent request to make gift card or similar purchases, please contact the NEOMED Help Desk as soon as possible.
-Submitted by Jonathan Wagner