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COVID-19 phishing scam targeting businesses, individuals

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Posted at 6:04 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 19:28:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — COVID-19 phishing scams have been targeting businesses and individuals as scammers are trying new tactics to exploit the coronavirus pandemic.

The scams range from the offer of fake masks to pleas from fake charities. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says the latest of these scams is an email impersonating them selling hand sanitizer.

One such email, sent by the BBB in a press release to serve as an example, is below.

The BBB serving Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky says there are six types of scams that have spiked in frequency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Phony cures and fake masks
  • Economic impact payment/stimulus check scams
  • Phishing scams
  • Government impersonation
  • Employment scams
  • Shortage/price gouging scams

Ways to protect yourself include not clicking on links in unsolicited texts or emails, researching calls or messages even if they seem to come from an official source, not accepting calls from strangers and avoiding any claim of miracle cures.