FBI warns about hackers on Zoom, video conferences while shut in by coronavirus
The Cyber Guy Kurt Knutsson explains how
Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.
Continue Reading Below
The FBI is warning people against text message scams that look like stimulus check-related offers, including those purporting to be sent from Costco, in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak.
“$110 goodies from Costco! That’s our stimulus package for Costco loyal customers,” states an example of one of the scams, which then prompts the recipient to click a link and complete a survey.
The FBI’s San Diego office posted the example on Twitter with a warning that the message is not as innocuous as it might look.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE
“The #FBI warns of fraud scheme messaging the promise of money, i.e., “stimulus check” from retailer, Costco, and provides a link, containing malware, ransomware or other fraudulent methods to steal identity, financial or other personal information,” the tweet states.
|COST||COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION||284.81||-0.32||-0.11%|
HOW TO GET YOUR CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS CHECK
Tuesday’s social media post also includes the link to a press release from March 20, about the rise in COVID-19-related cybercrimes. Other types of scams include those involving people selling bogus N95 respirator masks, gloves and goggles, as well as emails purportedly sent from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.