Scammers take advantage of COVID-19 Pandemic

Scammers are renowned for taking advantage of people when they are at their most vulnerable, so you may not be surprised to hear that the Covid-19 pandemic is being used as an opportunity for scammers to carry out online scams and malicious activity.

Cert NZ has received reports of a number of different types of scams which include:

• Donating to a fake World Health Organisation COVID-19 Response Fund;
• Paying a bitcoin ransom or risk their family being infected with COVID-19;
• Downloading malware from COVID-19 maps, or;
• Entering their details into phishing websites.

Remember we are here to help! If you are concerned that you may have been taken in by a scam, related to COVID-19 or otherwise please contact BNZ immediately on 0800 ASK BNZ (275 269) or + 64 4 924 0499.

For more information regarding the types of scams that have been reported to CERT NZ you can visit their website here: