How to stay safe from IoT and other scams amid COVID-19?

Everyone is facing challenging times due to coronavirus spread. Most of the employees have lost their jobs and many starving to death. While others have got enough time to binge-watch movies, surf the internet, use social media, create videos, and do stuff like that in their leisure time. Nowadays, we are using our mobile devices and surfing the web more than ever and this has come as a good opportunity for scammers as well.

Every other day, the cybercrime department is getting the report of too many scams of different types. Scammers are well aware of the fact that employees are working from home and that is why they are using every possible means to infect the collaboration apps with scams. Recently a utility scam was reported by some Americans. Therefore, I have listed down some common scams faced by the user along with the remedy to stay protected from these scams.

A list of latest scams faced by people globally

Utility scam- this is the most recently reported scam. In this scam, the victim receives a call asking him to immediately pay a certain bill and telling him that if he fails to do so his house won’t get electricity or any other services.

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What to do? A person should cross-check such calls. If anything of this sort happens, he should immediately report it to the police. Do not forget to ask about the identity of the caller and make sure to check the notification on the official website of the service providing department.

Coronavirus checking scam- the scammer tries to contact you personally or through social media asking you to register for coronavirus free check-up. He provides a link along with this post. When one clicks on this link, he is taken to a malicious website that could install malware on his device.

What to do? Never click on any such links as you might have to face financial losses. Always cross-check the information on the official websites.

COVID-19 Treatment scams- many are proving to sell cures, medicines, services, and advice regarding staying safe from this pandemic.

What to do? If the seller has provided any information regarding his address or calling details, you can check it online if it exists or not. Make sure to watch or read the news daily so as to know about coronavirus updates regarding vaccines or cures.

Service provider scams- in this scam, the scammers pose to be a doctor and tell you that he has cured people who were affected by this disease.

What to do? Do not believe in anything other than official government advisory or notifications. Always visit government centres for check-ups and treatment.

A glance on some more scams

Donation scams- this scam has seen the highest peak till now. Scammers pose to be from charity or fund collection organizations that support COVID victim families and individuals. Whenever you transfer any amount to them, they use it to fulfill their personal purposes.

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Robocall scams- many robocalls scams are reported by people. These people are being offered schemes related to work from home.

Health insurance and investment scams- in this scam fake companies or callers ask you to purchase an insurance plan for your family’s health safety. They will ask you to pay a certain amount leading to huge money loss when they get your financial details.

N-95 masks and sanitizer scams- many phishy websites claim to sell masks and hand sanitizers at a cheaper rate. Whenever you make any purchase through such websites, your money will be deducted but you will not receive any product.

Fake zoom app- zoom app is being used for video conferencing at a larger level. Cybercriminals have created several look-alike zoom apps, downloading which malware will get installed on your device.


Whenever you receive a robocall, do not press a number and disconnect the call immediately. Deploy McAfee Mobile Security for protecting your mobile devices and McAfee Safe Web on other devices you use to surf the web. Do not believe in everything you see on the internet and social media platforms.

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