5 Ways Scammers Are Using COVID-19 To Target Consumers

Gene Naumovsky

While some "Zoombombings" seem innocent, hackers are now pushing malware and scams onto unsuspecting remote workers.

As video conferencing platform Zoom continues to grow in popularity, new evidence shows the site’s security to be far more vulnerable than previously believed, according to BefenfitsPro. Now cybercriminals are reportedly targeting remote workers by hacking home routers and video calls to direct victims to malware sites, often modeled as COVID-19 aid pages. As Zoom hurries to fix its dangerous security holes, Allen Spence, director of IDShield product, listed several red flags to be aware of:

  • Hackers impersonating health care professionals.
  • Hackers posing as fake employers.
  • Stimulus check scams.
  • Donation/Charity scams.
  • Fraudulent products to fight the virus.

Emily Rose, senior vice president of business solutions for LegalShield and IDShield, said “Employees need to be vigilant about not only their physical health but also their digital and financial health during these unprecedented times. Identity theft protection plans are a valuable tool that employers can provide to their employees, as a benefit that can help lend peace of mind and financial wellness protection.”

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Gosh, it's so mean. Such a tragedy is used to deceive people and it's disgusting. One man falls, another fills his pocket. But unfortunately, it's not easy to avoid frauds. I read about cookie stuffing and it turned out I got tricked by it quite often. The same goes for other scammy schemes.

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