With all the daily news reports about the outbreak of the coronavirus, lots of folks are naturally concerned about the safety of their families.
So what would you do if you received an email about it from the government?
When it comes to the coronavirus, first came the news reports, then came the conspiracy theories and now come the scams.to steal your money and your identity
The FTC says scammers and hackers are following the headlines.
The agency warns about a sudden surge in phishing emails that appear to be from the CDC with information about covid 19 cases near you, or where to find a vaccine.
Click the links in these and they will give you a virus --a computer virus.
Or worse, they will convince you to login to outlook and get your personal information.
Some are so slick, the email appears to come from CDC.gov, but notice the dot.org at the end, which is not right.
And from the doesn't that stink file.
The conspiracy theories going viral as well.
Wired magazine calls the coronavirus outbreak a petri dish for conspiracy theories on Twitter and Facebook.
Doesn't that stink?
One theory claims the U.S. government knew it was coming because Lysol bottles already say Lysol kills human coronavirus.
But coronaviruses have been around for years: covid 19 is a new version never seen before.
Bottom line: as with any email, never respond with personal information, so you stay safe and you don’t waste your money.