FBI warns of scammers claiming to help with coronavirus to get personal information

FBI warns of scammers claiming to help with coronavirus to get personal information
(WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — People continue to search for answers and information on how to protect their families from the coronavirus, from their health to money.

The FBI said that could make people vulnerable to criminals online.

Scammers are sending out fake phishing emails or even text messages claiming to have important information on the virus, really aiming to steal personal information.

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The FBI told Channel 9′s Allison Latos, with Congress working on a $2 trillion stimulus package, scammers are even fooling people into thinking they can help get money faster.

“So when you click this link, thinking you’re getting information on this pandemic, you could actually be launching malware that can copy every keystroke that you’re doing. So the next time you log in to your bank, they have your username and password and they can clean it out before you even know it,” said Shelley Lynch, an FBI spokesperson.

It’s really important if someone gets a text, email or phone call from someone claiming to help you through this pandemic and if someone shares their personal information, contact the FBI.