Allegheny County DA warning of coronavirus scams

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office is warning of scams exploiting fears about the coronavirus pandemic.

The DA’s office said the phishing emails contain malware to steal your personal and financial information.

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The emails contain an infected attachment or link that appears to be from the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are also phishing emails that claim to have advice on how to protect yourself from the virus. The DA’s office said many of these are coming from outside the United States.

It said cybercriminals are fake coronavirus interactive maps that can infect your computer with malware when you click on the map. These can be in an email or on your social media feeds.

In addition, it said there are also phishing emails that claim to be coming from the human resources department of where you work, asking you to open attachments with information about your company’s coronavirus policy.

The DA’s office says if you receive an email containing an attachment or link from an address you don’t recognize, don’t open and delete it immediately. They also remind to check on your elderly neighbors to make sure they don’t fall victim to these scams.

PLEASE BE AWARE OF FRAUDSTERS EXPLOITING THE CORONAVIRUS !! Cyber criminals are using the coronavirus to send phishing...

Posted by Allegheny County District Attorney on Wednesday, March 18, 2020