Coronavirus Phishing Attacks

Exploiting the Coronavirus: Watch Out for “New” COVID-19 Data!

With thousands of new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) being recorded daily, the bad guys know that people are afraid and they plan to exploit that fear. They are sending phishing emails claiming to have official “new” or “updated” data on Coronavirus in your area. These emails are intense, urgent, and are designed to spark a knee-jerk reaction. Don’t fall victim to their scare tactics!

Remember the following to protect yourself:

  • Think before you click. The scammers are expecting an impulsive click.
  • Never click a link or attachment from an email you weren’t expecting.
  • Stay informed by going directly to a trusted news source for information about Coronavirus such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).


With the recent increase in targeted attempts to specific people in the District, and the influx of Covid-19 related emails being sent out, it’s more important than ever to scrutinize any and all emails you receive. If you haven’t done so already, please take 2 minutes of your time and view the following video related to phishing and its consequences as it relates to Covid-19.

(Note: if you receive and error, click OK to proceed).

COVID-19 Campaign Notification Message

Be Aware, Be Vigilant, Be Skeptical!