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Google's tips to avoid COVID-19 online scams

Tips to avoid COVID-19 online scams with the Google Safety Center

Staying safe at home doesn’t only mean to stay physically away from the virus – we should also keep ourselves safe from online scammers.

Google Safety Center

With more of us going online during this circuit breaker period, Google has recently created a new online resource on the Google Safety Center. It aims to teach people how to spot scams and avoid them.

Google's tips to avoid COVID-19 online scams
Google’s tips to avoid COVID-19 online scams
  1. Know how scammers may reach you
  2. Visit authoritative websites directly
  3. Be cautious of requests for personal or financial information
  4. Donate directly through nonprofit organizations
  5. Double-check links and email addresses before clicking
  6. Search to see if it’s been reported
  7. Add an extra layer of security to your account

Common types of scams

Stealing your personal data

Scammers who ask for too much information, such as your address, bank account details or even PIN number to “fix” your insurance policy or conduct fake contact tracing.

Fake offers of goods and services

Massive discounts on masks or subscriptions to online entertainment services from unknown third parties.

Impersonation of authorities

Impersonation of government organisations like the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) or Gov.SG offering COVID-19 information.

Fraudulent medical offers

Offers of cures, test kits, hand sanitiser or face masks that never arrive.

Fake requests for charitable donations

Donations to support COVID-19 relief from non-profits, hospitals, or other organizations should be carefully checked.

Help by reporting scams

If you see something suspicious, report it to g.co/ReportPhishing or g.co/ReportMalware.

Learn more about how Google is protecting businesses against cyber threats during COVID-19 and beyond in this blog post.

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