SABRIC has released a statement stressing that all South African citizens stay vigilant and aware of the recent Cyber Attacks sweeping the nation. Cybercriminals are exploiting what SABRIC describes as the “Coronamania” panic to trick people to hand over their private details.
“These new scams include spoofed emails offering products such as masks, or fake offerings of vaccines, leading to phishing websites. These emails come from seemingly realistic and reputable companies which manipulate people into clicking on links. Some of these websites prompt the user for personal information which ending up in the hands of cybercriminals.” said SABRIC
Another method that Cybercriminals are using is what they call SMishing attacks or to you and me, SMS scams. They are sending mass messages out to victims with a link to find the latest “Coronavirus breakouts in your area” and when you click the link attempts will be made to steal your details.
“Although some spoofed emails can be difficult to identify, we urge bank clients to think twice before clicking on any link, even if an email looks legitimate. Any suspicious emails should not be opened and are best deleted.” says SABRIC acting CEO, Susan Potgieter.
Cybercriminals will always prey on vulnerabilities to exploit their victims, it’s important that people are aware of these scams and if you are not sure then just call your providers to verify the authenticity of a link.