His pandemic COVID-19 has been the perfect opportunity for cybercriminals and fraudsters to lure and deceive potential target victims. A new COVID-19 phishing campaign targets users e-mail, this time promising taxpayers tax cuts or refunds, at the initiative of the government. This scam largely targets UK users.
Specifically, the email sent to users, seems to come from “Government Digital Service”(GDS) and is supposed to offer a discount of around £ 400, according to think tank Parliament Street. The email starts with the following phrase: "Are you receiving a Council tax deduction because you have a low income or are receiving benefits". In addition, the email states the following: "Total amount of benefits: GBP 385,50. The refunded amount will be transferred directly to your debit / credit card. Apply now to claim tax cuts and refunds ”.
However, the refund amount stated in the subject header is £ 385,55, one of the many mistakes that can alert the recipient that it is a scam.
According to Parliament Street, this email has been delivered to hundreds of users.
Andy Harcup, VP of Absolute Software, said that with the outbreak of the pandemic, the threats faced by citizens in cyberspace in United Kingdom have increased, with the latter attack be one of many designed to take advantage of individuals' sensitivity and fear during this critical period.
In addition, Stav Pischits, CEO of Cynance, added that it is relatively easy for them cybercriminals to copy a government signal and text from official sites and create emails, with which they will manage to deceive users. Pischits explained that very often, workers who are called upon to deal with the financial impact of a pandemic are more likely to be tempted when they are offered a discount, reduction or refund, as promised by the phishing campaign.
Therefore, anyone who receives such an email should check the sender's source address and look carefully for any typographical or other errors, which are often signs of online fraud. Failure to do so may put your personal and financial resources at risk data both themselves and their employers.
Although in the first half of 2020 there was a significant increase malware campaigns and scams exploiting COVID-19, overall cybercrime has not increased, according to the Microsoft and other companies.