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NCIS: Beware of Coronavirus-Themed Scams

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Hackensack NJ, During this health crisis, Bergen County Prosecutors Office warns that criminals are taking advantage. Beware of online scams and emails about coronavirus. Do not click on unknown links!

From Naval Criminal Investigative Service Public Affairs :

The novel coronavirus pandemic presents an opportunity for malicious actors to conduct spearphishing campaigns, financial scams, and disinformation campaigns via social media to collect sensitive information, steal money via fake donation websites, spread false information, and deliver malware to victims.

Several spearphishing campaigns since January have falsely represented various healthcare organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. In many cases, victims receive coronavirus-themed emails requesting the victim to open an attachment or click on a link to obtain details about the coronavirus. Once a victim clicks on the attachment or link, they are directed to a malicious website requesting the victim to enter login credentials.

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