As noted recently by the FBI, there has been an increase in fraudulent schemes related to the pandemic.
The ideal environment has been created for fraudsters, who are taking full advantage of the underlying stress and potential vulnerabilities brought on by the rapid deployment of a remote workforce, including employees who may be less vigilant.
As the workforce has transitioned to working from home, email communication has increased exponentially, both internally between employees and externally between employees and customers.Remind your employees to remain vigilant and view emails with a suspicious eye, especially those with certain key words, such as “coronavirus” or “COVID-19.” News outlets have been reporting that fraudsters are using virus-related words to effectuate scams. The importance of training employees to identify phishing emails and social engineering tricks cannot be overstated. Now is also a good time to remind your employees of steps they can take to shore-up their cyber hygiene practices at home, such as:
As government stimulus funds are being deposited, schemes targeting you, employees, and customers are likely to increase. There are numerous sources of information available. A good source of information from the Federal Trade Commission can be found at “Avoid Coronavirus Scams,” consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing.