During the COVID-19 Pandemic, fraud cases became much simpler and more frequent than they ever were. It’s all about your data, which is so public and easily accessible that we often inadvertently become victims of cyber-attacks and scams. To protect your personal information as much as possible, it is advisable not to disclose your cash accounts, unique number, account number, date of birth, social security number, etc.
Why did it make it easier for scammers to carry out attacks during the Pandemic? It is not just about adapting to technology. What else? Let’s dive in.
The Most Common Coronavirus Scams
Identity theft – As soon as the vaccination process starts, people upload a photo of the vaccination card on the social network, and some of them do not hide their data, or it is still visible. Therefore, do not post a photo of the vaccination card online unless you have a particular need. Fraudsters can easily find your first/last name, date of birth, and other personal information.
COVID-19 Testing for Personal Information – Trust only experienced and trusted medical laboratories. Make sure your information is not used to anyone’s advantage.
Charity Fraud – Do not be trustworthy and before you take part in a charity event, make sure your money is spent on the right thing and accurate.
Checks from the government – Scammers often say they are from a government agency and try to get personal information and money from you by asking questions.
Unfortunately, these are only a fraction of the frequent cases, and the scammers’ imagination covers much broader areas in most cases.
Covid-19 Pandemic has raised the issue of medical technology development even more clearly. This had two distinct pros and cons. The positive is that it has led to new advances in medicine and science. The negative is that fraudsters have also found themselves in this field, for whom a pandemic has turned out to be an opportunity to take advantage of the situation.
Omri Shafran and Possible Fraud Incident
A possible example of fraud could be Texas Medical Technology CEO, Omri Shafran. The company is engaged in medical PPE and related technologies.
Why does this particular company cause suspicion and concern? An online investigation has raised additional questions about Omri Shafran’s latest business. Texas Medical Technology is a unit of the Business Group. The company iNitrile and Texas Tec Health share the same contact information, address.
In addition, the main suspicion is raised by the hardware. The investigation found that the company that owns the machine and the patent had nothing to do with Omri Shafran’s name.
Notably, in 2020, Shafran held a meeting with the company that developed the surgical glove-making machine. Then, suddenly, in early 2021, he started advertising his “own” device. However, the images he used on the company website belong to another company.
Omri’s websites feature two different machines. Therefore, the question arises – where did the new machine come from, and to whom does it belong? These questions are still unanswered.
In addition, in the videos on the company’s website and social network, we see only the process of wearing a glove; no other features are shown since it is, in fact, only computer animation. Why?
Omri Shafran told the media that he had invested $33 million for the foggy project. However, the question of what the allocated money is spent on in the light of the unknown details removed by the ongoing investigation is still unanswered.
Phishing Attacks and Phone Scams
Another popular activity of cybercriminals during the Pandemic is the launch of COVID-19 themed emails. Emails contain links that lead to the theft of information. To be as safe as possible, it is vital to be as careful and vigilant as possible, which will minimize the likelihood of cheating.
So do not open emails from strange addresses and strangers. Do not click on email links. Think carefully before disseminating personal information. Refrain from disclosing information such as unique passwords or data.
The attack of the scammers is also spread by telephone. People often get calls from the Centers for Disease Control, which is usually not true. Fraudsters try to obtain personal information in this way. Moreover, some calls also require donations.
Unfortunately, nowadays, telephone databases are often not protected, and many scammers can access them.
Also, current technology cannot block fake calls and therefore cannot be identified. It is pretty tricky for a person to control this. The bad news is that with the development of devices, it becomes easier for fraudsters to carry out the process of cheating. The victims are mostly young and old.
To avoid telephone fraud in the Covid Pandemic, try not to answer strangers you cannot identify. In case of a reply, do not give out personal information to strangers.
The Pandemic may be coming to an end. However, the reality we are in now does not allow us not to be attentive. The above fraudulent styles and ways to prevent them, we hope, will benefit you.