Scams and identity theft are more prone during tax season, but this year, we face even more scamming threats because of the Coronavirus. Many fraudsters have launched Coronavirus-themed phishing attacks to deliver malware – usually credential-stealing banking Trojans. Below, we identify the different ways fraudsters are trying to target their victims.
Fraudsters have taken advantage of everyone’s thirst for knowledge on the virus by sending phishing attacks via email. These emails appear to look like they came from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and may claim that they have advice on how to protect against the virus. The emails will contain an infected attachment or link to a malicious website. Unless you specifically asked either of these organizations to send you something, do not click on any link or attachment.
How to identify phishing emails:
- Look for spelling or grammatical mistakes. If the email is poorly written, it may be coming from a scammer.
- Are you identified in the email? Many phishing emails will have generic greetings.
- Is there a sense of urgency? Most fraudulent emails will demand some sort of action by you, whether that is to make a payment, give account information, or access a link or attachment.
- Do not provide confidential information: banking login information, credit or debit card information, passwords, etc.
We understand that everything going on could feel scary, but we are here to help you protect yourself and your family. Don’t click on anything that you receive in an email unless you specifically asked that organization to send you something. If you have any questions or concerns about anything, or just want to discuss your account, contact a Yolo Federal representative at (530) 668-2700, schedule a branch appointment, or schedule a call with the Member Service Center.