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Spike in Phishing Scams Tied to Coronavirus

GRAPHIC: A fraudulent message with the WHO logo (Source: Sophos)

UF’s Information Security Office reminds everyone to remain hyper-vigilant for scams related to COVID-19. Cyber criminals are now sending phishing emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Think before opening any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, opening an attachment or a hyperlink, and be especially wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.

Precautions to take:

Do not click on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. Think before you click! Hover over the email attachment–if the link address seems sketchy, don’t click on it or download and open.
Only visit trusted online sources, such as UFL.EDU’s UF-COVID 19 page or other government website for up-to-date, fact-based information about the status of coronavirus in the U.S.
Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.

Visit for COVID-19 impacts to the university’s academic, research, and clinical activities, as well as the latest campus guidelines and official announcements. If you think an email in your UF in-box is a phishing email, forward it to