The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is encouraging Santa Clarita residents to watch out for email phishing scams capitalizing on the coronavirus crisis in an effort to protect personal information.
Be alert for scammers trying to cash in during the coronavirus pandemic by sending phishing emails to steal personal and financial information.
In the Email Phishing Scam, fraudsters pose as health authorities including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They send phishing emails that could load malware onto personal devices and steal information, including passwords and usernames.
The LADA’s office offers some tips for avoiding being victimized by an email phishing scam.
- Verify the validity of companies, charities or individuals sending information about the coronavirus. Inspect all URLs carefully to see if they are from legitimate websites.
- Be suspicious of anyone emailing with offers for supplies or treatments for coronavirus or who requests personal information. Look out for typos and grammatical errors.
- Keep anti-malware and anti-virus software updated on personal computers.
- Report suspected fraudulent activity to law enforcement.
Ed. Note: This information given to KHTS by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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