Shelby County advises the public to be aware of suspicious emails and scams related to COVID-19, or coronavirus.
Be aware that cyber criminals are sending phishing emails that can use a combination of malicious attachments and fake websites to trick victims into divulging sensitive information. Opening an attachment or clicking on a website link can lead to the installation of information stealer malware or ransomware.
The public is also warned of mobile applications that are coronavirus themed and could be scams.
Tips on what to do when receiving a suspicious email:
- Do NOT open emails from unknown sources – delete them immediately.
- Do NOT open attachments in emails sent from unknown sources or from known sources if the email seems suspicious.
- Do NOT follow links in emails sent from unknown sources or from known sources if the email seems suspicious.
- Do NOT visit unfamiliar websites.
- Trust your instincts; if an email or attachment seems suspicious, don’t open it – call the sender and ask if they sent you something.
As a reminder, the public is strongly encouraged to visit trusted websites and official sources for information.