Scammers send fake COVID-19 contact-tracing text messages squib
The coronavirus pandemic is forcing most of us to stay at home and in many case unable to work, but it hasn't stopped scammers attempting to steal our valuable personal information. They've simply adjusted their tactics to use COVID-19 to their advantage.
Apple has just released iOS 13.5, and with it unlocked access to the contact-tracing system it co-developed with Google. However, Colleen Tressler, Consumer Education Specialist at the FTC, is warning that scammers are now using contact tracing as a cover for targeting consumers via their mobile devices.
Getting in touch with people who have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 is usually initiated via a text message. But in a post on the FTC website, Tressler warns, "scammers, pretending to be contact tracers and taking advantage of how the process works, are also sending text messages. But theirs are spam text messages that ask you to click a link." Read more...