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Sheriff Chronister warns public about potential cyberattacks connected to coronavirus

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 20-083

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Sheriff Chad Chronister and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office want to remind people about the potential for cyber attackers who take advantage of those who fear the coronavirus. 

Criminals may attempt to scam you or launch phishing attacks that attempt to get you to click on malicious links or open infected email attachments.
 
Here are some of the most common indicators that a phone call, text, or email you received is most likely a scam or attack.
 

  • Any messages that communicates a tremendous sense of urgency. The bad guys are trying to rush you into making a mistake.
  • Any message that pressures you into bypassing or ignoring your company's security policies and procedures.
  • Any message that promotes miracle cures, such as vaccines or medicine that will protect you. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Be very suspicious of any phone call or message that pretends to be an official or government organization urging you to take immediate action. ​

"Please keep in mind that coronavirus scams and attacks can happen at work or at home, via email, text messaging or even over the phone," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Don’t fall victim to bad guys playing on your emotions."
 
If anyone believes they are the victim of a cyberattack, please reach out to The Florida Office of the Attorney General

Sheriff Chad Chronsiter recorded a video with tips on how to proect yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsUpyp1HMQI&feature=youtu.be

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