COVID-19: Fake Coronavirus emails and scams

COVID-19: Fake Coronavirus emails and scams


The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has forced companies all around the world to rapidly roll out mandatory remote working procedures. These can be new ways of working that businesses have not made contingency plans for and are left feeling unprepared for the changes. Unfortunately this can open the door to malicious attempts while businesses are at their most vulnerable. We’ve been alerted of several instances of opportunistic emails scams sending fake Coronavirus-related emails to innocent recipients.

We’d advise everyone to beware of fake emails going around. These can look very real – so be careful to examine all emails very closely.

coronavirus fake emails

Fake emails – What to look for

Businesses are now becoming more reliant on digital communications than ever before and although companies are using video conferencing apps, email remains crucial in day-to-day contact.

Fake email messages typically take the form of something along the lines of:

Scam aware examples

Here are some examples of Coronavirus related fake emails we’ve seen very recently:

spam email scam aware example

Tips for Identifying Fake Emails

It’s not always the case that emails will be obviously fake and easy to spot. Some fake emails include the regular hallmarks of a trustworthy source, so even the more seasoned digital experts can be tricked.

Here’s an example of hovering over the link in an email to see what you would be clicking through to (clearly NOT Amazon):

scam aware fake email example

Get in touch

Don’t be caught off guard as we adapt to alternative ways of our everyday working habits. If in doubt, please get in touch with us – we’d be happy to advise.


Posted on 24th March, 2020 by Paul.

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