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Protect Yourself from Scams During COVID-19 Health Threat

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020

We have heard from several sources that there has been an uptick in scams related to the COVID-19 health threat. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams. Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.

Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment or hyperlink and be wary of social media pleas, texts or calls related to COVID-19.

CISA encourages individuals to remain vigilant and take the following precautions:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments
  • Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email and do not respond to email solicitations for this information
  • Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations

Remember, CFU never requests that you send us personal information through email. If an email requests personal information, it is fraudulent. You should delete the message. Do not click on any links or forward the message.

CFU recently received a report of a scam email promoting a fake CFU TV giveaway. If you receive this email, it is fake and it should be deleted.

Learn more about protecting your personal information from cyber criminals here. If you have questions about an email from Cedar Falls Utilities, call the help desk at 319-268-5221.