Troopers warn of COVID-19 scams

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Troopers asked Alaskans to exercise greater care when opening email attachments, links in emails or phone calls related to the Coronavirus that are not from official sources.

    The State Security Office has been notified of an increase in the number of phishing scams related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Troopers said cybercriminals are seeking to use the current situation to their advantage.

    In one phishing campaign, cybercriminals sent emails that looked like they came from the World Health Organization, asking people to click on a malicious link to view coronavirus safety measures.

    Calls and emails from cybercriminals will typically attempt to create heightened fear and a strong sense of urgency to pressure people into providing personal or sensitive information.

    The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) staff will never ask for credit card information regarding Coronavirus testing.

    DHSS has created the following website http://coronavirus.alaska.gov/ for official communication and updates to the public.

    Anyone who thinks they are the victim of a scam is asked to contact local law enforcement or the FBI at https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx.

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