The Latest COVID-19 Scams To Avoid...

 

New cyber-threats are emerging every day as threat actors and cyber-criminals are busy finding more ways to exploit fear and vulnerability during these uncertain times. It is imperative to stay up to date and educate yourself and your staff on all the latest cybersecurity threats that have emerged trying to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our last webinar covered some of the latest phishing threats and cyber scams that are out there, giving real-life examples and training for how to spot these attacks and how to protect yourself.

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Fraud rate rises 33% during Covid-19 lockdown

Across all financial products, fraud rates rose by 33% in April, when compared with previous monthly averages.* The largest increase was in car and other asset finance applications, which saw a rise of 181%, followed by current accounts (35%) and then saving accounts (28%). Fraudulent credit card applications (17%) and unsecured loans (10%) also went up.

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Fraudsters Capitalise On Fear, Uncertainty And Doubt During The Pandemic

With COVID-19 increasingly being used as a hook to commit fraud, threatening consumers and businesses of all sizes, criminals are continuing to use social engineering methods to spread malware and harvest the personal information of vulnerable individuals. With many people currently concerned about their financial situation and the state of the economy, fear, uncertainty and doubt has created an ideal environment for fraudsters to operate in.

 

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Another trick is sending a message that one of your posts has violated Twitter or Instagram’s copyright rules. You have to login to the form supplied and dispute this claim. Again, ignore messages like this, or go to the home page yourself and log into your account for confirmation. It also helps to enable two-factor authentication on your social media and email accounts in case you make a mistake.

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Protect yourself, beware of...

  • Spoofed government, healthcare or research information
  • Unsolicited calls, emails and texts giving medical advice or requesting urgent action or payment
    • If you didn't initiate contact, you don't know who you're communicating to
    • Never respond or click on suspicious links and attachments
    • Never give out your personal or financial details
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How to mitigate critical cyber risks in a post-COVID-19 environment

The novel coronavirus has forever changed how and where we work. As many organizations adopt new solutions and collaboration tools (e.g., Microsoft Teams, Slack or Zoom) to accommodate employees and customers during this critical period, such fast-paced digital transformation has also exposed several shortcomings associated with our remote workforce’s home networks and routers. 

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Be skeptical. Fraudulent e-mails can look like they come from a real organization. If you have any doubts about an e-mail purporting to contain health information or requesting donations for Canadians affected by COVID-19, don’t use the toll-free number, e-mail address or website address provided because they may link you to the fraudsters. Instead, use a phone number, e-mail address or website address that you know is correct. Up-to-date information about COVID-19 can be found on the Public Health Agency of Canada website or on your provincial health agency website.
These are uncertain times, but let's stay positive, focus on the facts, read only from legitimate sources, and take all the precautions we can.

Michael Sugrue, President

PACE Technical Services Inc.

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