The FBI has issued a public service announcement warning citizens to be wary of email and malware scams that continue to circulate in tandem with the Covid-19 news cycle. While many of you might already be familiar with the fake Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization emails, we have observed an increase in phishing emails related to the federal stimulus package.
On March 25th, the US Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus relief package to support families and businesses who are being impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Cyber criminals are using this opportunity to scam millions of vulnerable citizens. Americans who qualify should expect to receive money over the next couple of weeks, however, those who have not already provided their direct deposit information will have to wait. If the IRS does not have your direct deposit credentials, the treasury is in the process of creating a web portal for you to provide your updated banking information.
"While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money," the FBI said in its post.
The government will NOT ask you to pay any fees or release your bank account information via email or any other website.
We have also observed a text message scam from retailer, Costco, which prompts recipients to complete a survey using a malicious link.
“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.
Check IRS.gov for the most up-to-date information about the stimulus package and always report any suspicious activity. Do not allow these cyber criminals to take advantage of the pandemic by stealing your money or sensitive information. ThreatLocker wants you to stay safe and secure during these difficult times.