In the last year and a half, the whole world has been facing a coronavirus pandemic whose end is not being controlled. There is no guarantee when and if this nightmare will end, unfortunately. What is certain, however, is that the number of scam companies is on the rise.
Many cybercriminals have started opening their fake sites, imitating reputable and relevant companies to harm their victims in any way. One of these fraudsters is Omri Shafran, the CEO of Texas Medical Company, a company that turned out to be fraudulent and abused the current Kovid-caused pandemic.
Since scam companies are most often those related to public health companies, we have prepared helpful tips on how you can learn to recognize them and thus avoid the maximum. In order to adequately avoid fraudulent Public Health companies, it is crucial that you understand precisely what it is about.
What are public-health scam companies?
Numerous scammers are opening fraudulent public-health companies online intending to contact people and claim to be public health officers, or from the World Health Organization (WHO), or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
They will try to ask for Social Security numbers, such as tax IDs, to steal personal information from you. Besides that, these fraudsters may ask you to click on a specific link in order to download a particular document.
It’s very important to avoid these scams and not open any suspicious links nor download any unauthorized document. Ignore these kinds of messages from unverified sources.
How to adequately protect yourself from these scammers?
First, it is imperative to know that there is no universal solution for 100% protection against fraudulent sites and companies that abuse the Coronavirus pandemic. However, you can do some valuable things to make sure it is a scam or not.
Check the content on the website.
Suppose you happen to notice numerous grammatical or spelling errors alongside spam links, generic photos, or copy-paste texts. In that case, it’s most likely it is a fraudulent site that aims to damage yours in some way online.
Every legitimate site should contain a private police page. If it is not there, it is almost certainly a fraudulent company that should absolutely be avoided. Therefore, before leaving any personal information to some online company, see if the site includes this page.
Make sure the company number is registered.
What is also essential to check is that a company number is registered. For example, in the United Kingdom, every phone number without exception is recorded and published on the website, alongside the registration place. The reason for that is the legislation implemented back in 2006.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to cybercrime, given that the Internet is full of scams. However, the great thing is to learn how to recognize and avoid them. Although many fraudsters abuse the Coronavirus pandemic, it is very important to double-check the site and ensure that everything is legitimate before leaving your data. Don’t click everywhere, and be careful!