According tomedia Techspot, the current outbreak of new coronary pneumonia has attracted widespread attention around the world, which has led to fraudsters taking advantage of people’s concerns. The problem is particularly acute in South Korea, where criminals have made a significant increase in texting scams using false information about the virus.
As of February 15, fraudsters had sent 9,688 fraudulent text messages containing false information about the new coronavirus, South Korea’s Ministry of Science, Police and Financial Regulators said in a joint statement.
These words often claim to provide free masks or mistakenly claim to be from companies that have delayed delivery due to the virus. These messages are intended to extract the recipient’s private information. There were also 165 calls from fake numbers, with fraudsters claiming to be from the health department trying to trick people into money and information. For example, a fraudster called a restaurant and claimed they had a new coronavirus, where they had recently eaten. The fraudster sought money and threatened to inform the authorities of the situation.
This isn’t the first time fraudsters have used concerns about a new coronavirus to steal money or information. We recently heard about an activity that spreads malware via e-mail, claiming to provide information about how to defend against viruses.