LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has issued a warning to consumers to be alert for scammers “trying to cash in during the coronavirus pandemic.”
According to a press release issued by the office, individuals are posing as health authorities from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of an email phishing scam.READ MORE: Hollywood Bowl To Give Away Concert Tickets At Its COVID Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic
Officials warn the emails could load malware onto victims’ devices and steal personal and financial information, including usernames and passwords.READ MORE: Mountain Lion Cub Found Orphaned Released Back Into Orange County After 4 Months Of Rehabilitation
The D.A. suggests consumers verify the validity of companies, charities or individuals sending information about the coronavirus, inspect all URLs carefully to confirm their legitimacy and be suspicious of email offers for supplies or treatments for the novel coronavirus. Consumers can also protect themselves by having anti-malware and anti-virus software updated on their devices.MORE NEWS: John McAfee Found Dead In Spanish Prison After Court OKs Extradition
Suspected fraudulent activity can be reported to local law enforcement.