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.
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:
- Email activity will be restricted due to COVID-19
- Your email account will expire in 24 hours
- Verify your email address because of the recent surge in email usage
- You need re-confirm your email account by clicking the link.
- This is a safety measure to make sure you are still using your account
- Confirm your activity in order to be able to use your account.
- Email Configuration Error – auto fix by clicking the link
- Your domain name expires shortly
- We have been authorised to become the registrar for your domain name – click this link
Scam aware examples
Here are some examples of Coronavirus related fake emails we’ve seen very recently:
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.
- Inspect links very closely before clicking through. Hover over links first.
- This applies to Text messages containing spurious links as well.
- Check email content for mis-spellings, typos and poor grammar.
- Take your time, and never feel rushed into taking action to this type of email.
- If unsure, get a second opinion from an expert.
Here’s an example of hovering over the link in an email to see what you would be clicking through to (clearly NOT Amazon):
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.