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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Rimbey RCMP warn public scams related to COVID-19 cropping up – Stettler Independent

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Rimbey RCMP are warning residents of scams using the COVID-19 outbreak as a cover.

Scams associated with the global pandemic have been cropping up, feeding on people’s fear, uncertainty and misinformation during a difficult time.

“Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cyber-crime,” Rimbey RCMP said in a press release.

Scammers are using many different means to attempt to exploit innocent victims.

There have been a number of reported scams concerning COVID-19.

These scams include door-to-door sales people, and people posing as an official from the Red Cross.

RCMP say they following scams that have been reported:Cleaning or heating companies – offering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19

Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies – threatening to disconnect your power for non-payment

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization – offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhood

Public Health Agency of Canada – giving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19, tricking you into confirming your health card and credit card numbers for a prescription

Red Cross and other known charities – offering free medical products (e.g. masks) for a donation

Government departments – sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails, tricking you into opening malicious attachments, tricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details

Financial advisors – pressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease, offering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shut downs

Door-to-door sales people – selling household decontamination services

Private companies – offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale – Only hospitals can perform the test. No other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results and the selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the disease threaten public health and violate federal laws

RCMP are reminding residents to be mindful and award of the following:Spoofed government, healthcare or research information

Unsolicited calls, emails and texts giving medical advice or requesting urgent action or payment

Unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims, products or research

High-priced or low-quality products purchased in bulk by consumers and resold for profit. These items may be expired and/or dangerous to your health

Questionable offers, such as: miracle cures, herbal remedies, vaccinations, faster testing

Fake and deceptive online ads, including: cleaning products, hand sanitizers, other items in high demand

It is important to remember where to find trusted information and advice about COVID-19.

For the latest updates on health information look to the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization, RCMP say.

Any questions or concerns about any health insurance should be directed to your insurance provider.

RCMP also recommend having anti-virus software install on your devices to protect from suspicious email or ads online.

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Beware of Possible Coronavirus Related Scams – NBC10 Philadelphia

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The coronavirus pandemic isn’t only a threat to your health. It could open you up to a scam. Law enforcement and cyber security experts are warning of potential schemes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are telling local police departments to beware of CDC impersonators. The CDC warns schemers may go door-to-door claiming to be from the organization. Several local police departments are getting the word out on social media.

Camden County Police Detective Maria Rivera wants residents to beware of the potential threat.

Unfortunately, this is the world we live in,” she told NBC10 Responds. “The CDC has not given approval to anyone to go to anyone’s home and request any type of health information or personal information or any of your credentials.”

According to Rivera, if someone comes to your home for this reason, close the door and call police.

Scammers are also hiding behind computer screens.

“Now they’re really doubling down,” cybersecurity expert Mark Ostrowski said.

With more people working from home, Ostrowski is concerned hackers may look for weaknesses in a company’s remote network.

“Change your passwords, lock down your Wi-Fi so that you know which users are connected because that plays a big role,” Ostrowski said.

According to Ostrowski, hackers will likely target areas with larger clusters of coronavirus cases. He warns personal and work mobile devices are also vulnerable.

“People don’t often think about, you know, adding security software to the mobile device,” Ostrowski said. “And that’s something that’s going to have to change.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities is warning of financial scams. It warns: don’t share your financial information with anyone who calls you unsolicited. If someone contacts you with a “limited time offer” and applies pressure tactics, don’t take the bait. Finally, be cautious of any offer that guarantees a high rate of return with little risk.

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Cyber Security Today – Oscar movie scams, and make sure you update these products

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Movie scams, and make sure you update Windows, WhatsApp and Cisco products Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It’s Friday February 7th. I’m Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cyber security for ITWorldCanada.com. To hear the podcast click on the arrow below:    On Monday’s podcast I warned […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Singapore’s crime rate highest in 9 years; online scams up by 54% – The Independent News

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans SINGAPORE — The crime rate in Singapore in 2019 is at its highest since 2010. While other types of crimes decreased, online scams increased by 54.2 percent from 2018. The Singapore Police Force (SPF) released the Annual Crime Brief 2019 on Wednesday (Feb 5). Overall, the country’s crime […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | 5 bag jail terms for $1.2m internet scams, seized assets to go to FBI

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Chukwuma David Chinaka: one of the five persons convicted for cyber scam today Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos has sentenced five persons, Obaro James Omemi, Ehizojie Slyvanus Omokhuale, Eghosa Atekha Osunde, Chukwuma David Chinaka and Quincy Peter Patrick to one year […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | Coronavirus Scams: Phishing, Fake Alerts and Cyberthreats

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Wherever you turn for news coverage online, coronavirus alarm bells are ringing louder.

But users should not trust all of those bells, as fake news, phishing scams and even malicious malware is actively being distributed under the coronavirus umbrella.   

Sadly, a perfect storm may be brewing. As government officials and health experts appeal louder for calm, the public is actually getting more worried and searching the Internet for answers. For example:

On Friday, Jan. 31, fears slammed the U.S. stock market, according to Axios. “Stocks saw the worst sell-off in months on Friday: the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 603 points (2.1%), while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq declined 1.7% and 1.5%, respectively. …”

Meanwhile, the BBC reported that the U.S. and Australia have joined Russia, Japan, Pakistan and Italy in closing their borders to all foreign nationals arriving from China. These actions were taken despite conflicting advice from global health officials. “Travel restrictions can cause more harm than good by hindering info-sharing, medical supply chains and harming economies,” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

At the same time, Bloomberg news reported that China Virus Cases May Be Undercounted Even With 3,000% Surge. “The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in China has skyrocketed to more than 9,000, surpassing the official count during the SARS epidemic. …”

 
 

Coronavirus Is a Bonanza for Online Scams and Fake News

As expected, the rapid spread of the coronavirus, along with the expanded media coverage of surrounding events related to this global health emergency, has led to hoaxes and the spread of panic. According to CNN, “In Los Angeles County, public health officials warned residents Thursday that a letter claiming a potential coronavirus outbreak in Carson City (Read more…)

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | Coronavirus Scams: Prepare for Phishing Emails, Fake Alerts and Cyberthreats

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Wherever you turn for news coverage online, Coronavirus alarm bells are ringing louder.

But users should not trust all of those bells, as fake news, phishing scams and even malicious malware is actively being distributed under the Coronavirus umbrella.   

Sadly, a perfect storm may be brewing.  As government officials and health experts appeal louder for calm, the public is actually getting more worried and searching the Internet for answers. For example:

On Friday, January 31, fears slammed the U.S. stock market, according to Axios. “Stocks saw the worst sell-off in months on Friday: the Dow Jones Industrials Average dropped 603 points (2.1%), while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq declined 1.7% and 1.5%, respectively. …”

Meanwhile, the BBC reported that the U.S. and Australia have joined Russia, Japan, Pakistan and Italy in closing their borders to all foreign nationals arriving from China. These actions were taken despite conflicting advice from global health officials. “Travel restrictions can cause more harm than good by hindering info-sharing, medical supply chains and harming economies,” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

At the same time, Bloomberg news reported that China Virus Cases May Be Undercounted Even With 3,000% Surge. “The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in China has skyrocketed to more than 9,000, surpassing the official count during the SARS epidemic. …”

 

Coronavirus is a Bonanza for Online Scams and Fake News

As expected, the rapid spread of the Coronavirus, along with the expanded media coverage of surrounding events related to this global health emergency, has led to hoaxes and the spread of panic. According to CNN, “In Los Angeles County, public health officials warned residents Thursday that a letter claiming a potential coronavirus outbreak in Carson City is (Read more…)

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Fraud scams continue to evolve — BBB tells you what to look out for  – The Advocate-Messenger

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Grandparents have quite a soft spot in their hearts for their grandbabies, no matter the age of those “babies.” Maybe this is why the “grandparents scam” call seems to never go away.  Lately, people have been reporting a “resurgence” of the scam call, where someone calls […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Qatar- MoI warns against falling victim to scams and fake messages

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans (MENAFN – The Peninsula) Doha: In a bid to safeguard people from a mounting threat of cybercrime, especially phishing, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has launched an awareness campaign to educate masses on potential ways and tools used by fraudsters. The MoI, in an ongoing campaign, […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | UAE warns against resurgence of Emotet virus and other cyber scams

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

UAE residents have been warned to be on their guard following a recent spike in cyber scams and the resurgence of a virus designed to steal victims’ private financial information.

The country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said it had seen a new outbreak of the ‘Emotet’ virus, which if downloaded can allow personal details to be stolen remotely, worldwide. It also warned against fraud carried out through Snapchat links.

Meanwhile, another scam involving messages sent by WhatsApp or text message, in which criminals pose as bank representatives and claim a user’s ATM card had been blocked, has become increasingly “widespread” recently, authorities said.

Malicious cyberattacks were increasing with the perpetrators’ motives ranging from stealing money and property to “destroying large organisations and creating chaos in many countries of the world,” according to Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, the TRA Director General.

“The UAE prioritised the happiness of its nation as a main objective of its future plans and visions, and this happiness can only be achieved by safeguarding the peoples’ property and preserving security,” he said. “We must make every effort to protect our good nation from shady intruders.”

Mr Al Mansouri vowed that the National Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), set up in 2008, would continue to fight cybercrime on residents’ behalf.

The body, which is part of the TRA, “works around the clock to spread awareness among different groups of society on how to deal with viruses and hacking attempts,” he said.

It also makes recommendations around updating legislation and spread expertise in cyber security among businesses.

Authorities said people should be particularly vigilant around clicking on links designed to appear harmless but which could lead to malware being installed on computers. ‘Filters’ sent through Snapchat could also include viruses, the TRA said.

People have also been urged to ensure they have the latest software and security patches installed on their mobile phones by ensuring iOS and Android operating systems are up to date.

The Emotet virus, which the TRA is particularly concerned about, first emerged in 2014. Later versions of the malware was able to access contacts on an infected computer and send itself to them by hijacking email accounts. It can be missed by some antivirus software.

Emails containing the virus may try to persuade users to click the malicious files by disguising correspondence as coming from a reputable company and using language about “your invoice,” “payment details,” or possibly an upcoming shipment from well-known parcel companies.

Updated: December 26, 2019 04:55 PM

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