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Covid-19 internet scams

Google is blocking more than 18million hoax emails a day as criminals try to snare victims with coronavirus scam messages. The tech giant has more than 1.5 billion users of its Gmail platform and has revealed it is currently blocking more than 100 million phishing emails a day. Almost a fifth of these are using the coronavirus pandemic to try and trick innocent people. Google claims its inbuilt algorithms screen out 99.9% of fraudulent emails Google also says it is seeing an additional 240 million COVID-related daily spam messages

 

Other email platforms are equally badly affected. Therefore users should be aware of how to spot fake messages in order to avoid being caught in a phishing scam. Emails are taking a variety of guises in an attempt to dupe customers. These include masquerading as official health bodies, such as the NHS, Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). You should also be wary of any messages about bank accounts, online purchases, interactions with HMRC or local councils.  

 

Partial Source: JOE PINKSTONE FOR MAILONLINE  PUBLISHED: 18:33, 17 April 2020

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