Unfortunately, cyber criminals always seek to take advantage of a crisis. It is sadly no surprise, therefore, that over 500 scams relating to coronavirus and over 2000 phishing attempts have been reported to UK officials, with total losses of over £1.6 million attributed to these. Proofpoint have reported that 80% of the online threat landscape is using COVID-19 as a theme in their attacks, finding 500,000 phishing messages across 140 campaigns seeking to exploit COVID-19 since January 2020.

In this video, I talk how cyber criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis with social engineering, what red flags people should look out for and what people can do to better-protect themselves:

Some of the scams which have come to light over the last couple of months include:

Stay safe and well 💜