COVID-19 Lockdown: Beware of Scams
Issue Date: 22 April 2020
The following are examples of scams that are targeting people during the COVID-19 Lockdown period:
1. Robocalls /Phone Scams
2. Lottery Scams
3. Medicare scams
4. Grants/ Relief payment messages from government agencies
5. Faketortion or Webcam extortion emails
6. Fake Online shops / Website/ Facebook page
7. Coronavirus Charity Scams
Be Safe from these scams
CERT-MU recommends the following precautionary measures to be safe from these scams:
- Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
Be cautious if you are being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding. Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they were not hacked.
If you are unsure if an email, text or any other communication is genuinely from a legitimate source, do not click on the link or open the attachment. Contact the organisation via their official contact channels and ask.
Protect your passwords and login credentials, do not enter these into any websites relating to the COVID-19 virus.
Keep your devices up-to-date.
Keep your anti-virus up to date and run regular checks.
Let us unite together for a Safe Mauritian cyberspace during this crisis situation. In case you become victim to a scam, report the incident on the Mauritian Cybercrime Online Reporting System (MAUCORS – http://maucors.govmu.org).
Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius (CERT-MU)
National Computer Board
Hotline No: (+230) 800 2378
Fax No: (+230) 208 0119
Gen. Info. : email@example.com