The government warns Indian citizens and businesses against a massive phishing attack campaign amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The phishing email is expected to impersonate government agencies, departments and trade associations dispensing government-funded COVID-19 support initiatives.

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  • These well-crafted emails with subject ‘Free Covid-19 testing for all residents’ is designed to prompt victims to click on links which will redirect them to fake websites.
  • Once the victims reach these sites, they are deceived into downloading malicious files or entering personal and financial information.
  • One example for the spoofed email ID which could be used for the phishing email is ncov2019@gov.in.

We recommend the following to stay safe

  1. Never click on links or open attachments received in suspicious emails.
  2. Be wary of emails or social media messages with special offers like COVID-19 testing, aid, winning prize, rewards.
  3. Never share personal or financial information with untrusted sources.
  4. Ensure that your device’s antivirus is updated with the latest security patches.