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Criminals never let a serious crisis go to waste.
The corona virus that causes the disease, also known as the COVID-19 is a great opportunity, because it can be an indication of normal, rational people “to be vigilant” and will fall for the scam, according to an advisory this week from the Secret Service.
To be specific, the Secret Service, had warned the Americans about a “phishing is a popular scam where an e-mail purporting to be from a reputable company, such as a large bank or technology company, with the goal of becoming victims to hand over sensitive personal information, such as user names, passwords, and credit card information.
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Cyber-criminals are exploiting the crisis by sending e-mail messages that appear to come from legitimate medical or health agencies, the Secret Service said.
In one case cited, a victim received a fraudulent email from a fake medical organisation, with annexes, of which it claims to have important information about COVID-19.
“This can lead to unsuspecting victims in the attachment, you can open up, allowing the malware to infect their system, or asking the victim to check their e-mail log-in” to the Secret Service, have been added.
A similar scam popped up in the month of February. In this case, it’s a fake-corona virus associated with an e-mail to be claimed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“The Hackers and the cyber criminals have been quick to take advantage of the corona virus outbreak. This happens every time there is a public health crisis, or a disaster in which people are desperately on the lookout for more information and to contribute to the people involved,” Paul, general manager, a privacy lawyer with the Comparitech, told Fox News in February.
“The fake e-mails, WHICH follow a standard formula for a phishing scam,” he added.
A different approach is being used by the Secret Service is using social media to dupe the victims into giving to fake charities. “The criminals have the advantage of the charitable spirit of human beings,” according to the report.
A third type of fraud to be on the look-out for “non-delivery scams.” Here, the bad actors in advertising for a company that sells medical aids to be used in order to prevent or to guard against the corona virus. The criminals have a payment or a deposit up-front, but never deliver the products.
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FTC, FDA WARNINGS
This week, the Federal Trade Commission (ftc) and the Food and Drug Administration jointly issued warning letters to seven marketers of unapproved and misbranded products that claim to treat or prevent the virus.
Its products include tea, essential oils and colloidal silver.
“The companies do not have the evidence to back up their claims, as required by the act,” the FTC said. The FDA adds that there are no approved vaccines, drugs or products for the research products that are currently available for the treatment or prevention of the virus.
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The seven companies cited by the FTC include: Vital Silver, aroma therapy, Ltd. N-ergetics, GuruNanda, LLC, Vivify, Holistic Clinic, Herbal, Amy, LLC, and The Jim Bakker Show.
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