The COVID-19 pandemic made a great acceleration towards digital transformation, with technology at the forefront of countries’ response to the crisis. Sametime scammers are coming with a new way to take advantage of this pandemic situation. They use text or e-mail, and in most cases, a URL pointed to a fake institutional website that requests debit/credit card details.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2019 there have been reports of scams impersonating public authorities such as the World Health Organisation, and organizations such as supermarkets and airlines targeting support platforms such as PPE and offering COVID-19 cures. They often target the public, who are now socializing and spending more time online in general, as well as the increased population of people who are working from home.
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