Due to the recent events unfolding around the world, Phishing and text threats are increasing and causing havoc. Whenever there’s an event of mass impact, hackers, scammers, and thieves take advantage of the situation. The scam list keeps growing each day so you need to be extra cautious when emails or texts arrive.
Remember, when opening your email, never click on links or attachments from unrecognizable senders or anything that looks suspicious that you were not expecting.
Here is a list of current threats:
The “crisis scam”– This is an email or text message asking you to donate money to GoFundMe or other collection agency to help with the war efforts.
The “grandparent scam”– This is when a scammer pretends to be a family member or friend, claiming to be stuck somewhere and in need of money.
The “patriot mission”–You receive an email about an American soldier stuck in Ukraine that needs help with supplies. This can also come to your cell as an American phone service asking for money. Or, they can also pretend to be a Ukraine or Russian soldier with similar requests.
The “urgency push” – You receive a call threatening you with jail time if you do not call back now. Fake IRS calls are the most common.
The “romance scam” – This is an email or text telling you they need to leave Ukraine or Russia immediately because of the war, and they want to build a new life with you. If you respond they will send you fake photos, and videos showing them in a war zone hoping you feel compelled to help. They will ask you for money, food, and an airline ticket to get them out of the area.
Other areas to be cautious of:
Videos posted on social media or YouTube of political figures. These videos commonly use CGI technology to look real and are considered disinformation videos. It’s better to avoid these sites if at all possible or you may end up with malware hidden behind these images.
Websites or apps to tell you where the lowest gas prices are in the area. Don’t trust anything new that pops up in a web browser claiming to offer the lowest fuel. Use the trusted sources like GasBuddy and Waze on your cell.
Want to learn more about how to protect yourself from cyberscams? Visit our Security Center.