According to the SA Banking Risk Information Centre, there has been a sharp increase in the cases of cybercriminals trying to exploit the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
They are using coronavirus-based scams to trick people into clicking on emails or SMSes which appear to offer medical supplies and vaccines.
These emails appear to be from reputable companies – but once people click on links or provide personal information, the cybercriminals can either access their computer systems or bank accounts.
Cybersecurity provider Mimecast is tracking emails of cybercriminals who are trying to capitalise on the virus by attempting malicious email attacks.
According to Mimecast, there are currently multiple malicious emails being circulated to unsuspecting end-users via business and personal emails.
These include emails that appear to come from the centres for disease control with links claiming to take you to a website with updated information on the virus.
The best protection is never to click on links from any emails you receive, unless you have verified the sender.