BEWARE: Hackers might be trying to steal your information by sending a COVID-19 message!

Never click on 'links'!

Scammers are coming up with the latest hacking strategies and are personalizing their attacks. Taking advantage of the global pandemic, the hackers are trying to steal information by sending COVID-19 alert messages.

Apple recently released iOS 13.5 updates, in which it introduced a contract-tracking system in collaboration with Google.

The Consumer Education Specialist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Colleen Tressler, warned that scammers are using this new system to target users through their mobile devices.

How does the new update work?

The new iOS update basically notifies people who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients through text messages.

Using this new update as an opportunity, scammers send you a text stating that you recently came in contact with a COVID-19 patient. The message asks the receiver to click on the included ‘link’ (URL) for more information. When the user clicks on the link, their information is compromised.

Never click on ‘links’

Clicking on an unknown link is the first step to having an unwanted software installed on your device. After the users clicked on the URL included in these messages, their personal information and bank details were stolen. Thousands of people across the world have been affected by this scam.

FTC is warning everyone to protect themselves and not ‘take the bait’. It is advised that you filter out unwanted text messages from unknown senders, enable two-factor authentication on all online accounts, and keep your devices updated.

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