Hackers seizing on the coronavirus pandemic to phish and scam unsuspecting victims

No shortage of #assholes taking advantage of the #coronavirus #pandemic

Got an email from a known “client” but I did not notice it was from a hotmail account. It read, “Good Morning, How are you? I need a favor from you. I need to get an iTunes gift card for my Niece, Its her birthday today but I can’t do this now because am currently out of town. Can you get it from any store around you? I’ll pay back as soon as we am back. Kindly let me know if you can handle this.”

Although I wondered why he wouldn’t just buy it directly from iTunes or Amazon with email delivery. So, I replied affirmatively and he followed up with this.

“Thanks, What I need is $300 iTunes gift card ($100 denomination. Three $100 cards total $300) you can buy from any store around now. Also, I need you to scratch the back of the cards to reveal the pins, then take a snap shot of the back showing the pins and have them email to me….so i can forward the cards to my Niece.”

This is when it started to get really #phishy so I emailed him separately using his official, professional, email account asking him if he sent that email. He replied telling me he did not send that email and was about to change his hotmail and gmail passwords.

So beware.

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