Fraudsters continue to use Covid-19 to their advantage. The latest distasteful use is when your browser randomly opens a page promoting a World Health Organization COVID-19 information app, just hit the “DOWNLOAD” button and malware is installed which can record your browser cookies, history, payment information, login credentials, crypto wallets, autofill information and 2 factor authentication information. Basically, everything they need to steal your bank accounts and perform identity thefts.
DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANY WHO COVID-19 INFORMATION APPS
Tips and Advice
- Is your browser randomly opening such a prompt? – Then you need to login to your router and ensure it is configured to automatically get its DNS servers from your internet service provider. To do this login to your router, find the DNS settings and make sure that they are set to either “Automatic” or “ISP Assigned” and remember to save this new configuration before you exit. Then reboot all your devices that use that router
- Don’t Click – on any link in an email or text that you are not 100% sure is genuine, always go independently to their website and log in to execute any action
- Run an extra virus scan – Help your anti-virus software keep you safe by regularly checking for nasties
- Change your passwords – if you downloaded the fake app then you need to change the passwords for all sites whose credentials are stored in your browser
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.
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