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Posted Sunday, July 19th, 2020

Don’t Click the Link on “Urgent” and “New” COVID-19 Data!

With many new cases of Coronavirus being recorded daily, the bad guys know that many people are afraid — and they plan to exploit that fear, warns the Morris County Office of Information Technology.

They are sending phishing emails claiming to have official “new” or “updated” data on COVID-19 in your area.

Scam Alert: Cyber Criminals Exploiting COVID-19 Data with Scare Tactics

These emails are intense, urgent, and are designed to spark a knee-jerk reaction. Don’t fall victim to their scare tactics!

Remember the following to protect yourself:

  • Think before you click. The scammers are expecting an impulsive click.
  • Never click a link or attachment from an email you weren’t expecting.
  • Stay informed by going directly to a trusted news source for information about Coronavirus such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

Stop Look Think – Don’t be fooled!

Get more information on COVID-19 scams from the Federal Trade Commission: https://www.ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams-consumer-advice