COVID-19 Text Scams with Link to Fake Coronavirus Websites

If you receive a Coronavirus COVID-19 text message like the one pictured below, DO NOT click the link! This is because the message is a coronavirus text scam. The scam is being by scammers who are pursuing different angles related to the Coronavirus pandemic to commit identity theft, create chaos and steal people’s money.

COVID-19 Text Scams with Link to Fake Coronavirus Websites

A Covid 19 Text Scam

A Covid 19 Text Scam

"Someone who came in contact with you tested positive or has shown symptons for COVID-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested. More at"

Visitors to the fraudulent website will be asked to enter their phone number. This is concerning because the person or organization running this website is anonymous, and this is just one of many suspicious websites out there. There are currently well over 110,000 suspicious COVID-19-related domains registered. Some of these fraudulent websites have been set up to collect bank account information, email addresses and passwords.

Similarly, there have also been reports of emails that purport to be from hospitals, warning consumers that they may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. In this scenario, the scam emails contain an Excel file attachment, which, when downloaded, installs malware on the recipient’s device. The malware may allow the attackers to steal log-in credentials for sites you have visited, look for open shares on the network and view all documents and folders, receive your IP address, and steal cryptocurrency wallet information.

Consumers should also watch out for emails, text messages and robocalls about COVID-19 stimulus money that appear to come from the U.S. Treasury, but which may actually be coming from scammers who are impersonating government officials. In these scams, consumers are told that to receive stimulus money they should click on a link or go to a website, where they are then directed to enter their personal and financial information. Remember – the vast majority of economic impact payments will be distributed automatically, with no action required from most people.

consumers not to click on any links or go to websites that come from unsolicited texts, emails or phone calls. Instead, consumers should get their information from legitimate websites, such as:

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April 26, 2021 at 7:08 PM by
COVID-19 Text Scams with Link to Fake Coronavirus Websites

Another scam:

"Date: April 26, 2021 at 3:35:39 PM EDT



Dear Beneficiary,

In the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, I wish to bring you the good news of hope. I am Mrs. Rochelle P. Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I write to officially inform you that you have been selected to receive the un Covid-19 stimulus package worth €1,500,000.00 Euros (One Million and Five Hundred Thousand Euros) the selection process was carried out through the United Nations (UN) computerized email selection system, from a database of over 79,980,000 email addresses obtained from all continents of the world, which your email address was selected among.

The United Nations (UN) Covid-19 Response and Recovery fund is a UN inter-agency fund mechanism established by the un secretary-general to help support low- and middle-income people(s) to respond to the pandemic and its impacts, including an unprecedented socio-economic shock. The fund’s assistance targets those most vulnerable to economic hardship and social disruption around the world.

We are delighted to inform you that due to mixed up of names and numbers, your email attached to approved number un6mm020/Covid-19, which consequently fall on our international chapter, therefore, you are advised to contact the United Nations (UN) Covid-19 response and recovery fund coordinator and grants manager ( Mr. Justin Wilkey ), to claim your €1,500,000.00 Euros (One Million and Five Hundred Thousand Euros) without any delay.

Name: Mr. Justin Wilkey


Confirm the following information as soon as possible.

1. Your Full Name :

2. Your Address :

3. Nationality :

4. Direct Telephone #:

NOTE: It's in your hands to stop the spread of Covid-19. United Nation's advises to follow the guidelines of the scientific community.

(1) wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, or an alcohol-based solution.

(2) avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

(3) practice social distancing. reduce social activity and, if you really need to meet someone, maintain a 2-meter (6-foot) distance between the two of you.

Finally, our grants manager is responsible for the smooth and efficient release of your United Nations (UN) Covid-19 response and recovery fund of €1,500,000.00 Euros (One Million and Five Hundred Thousand Euros);therefore, contact him immediately with these information required above.

Congratulations once again.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Rochelle P. Walensky,

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."


June 17, 2020 at 1:25 PM by
COVID-19 Text Scams with Link to Fake Coronavirus Websites


You have been s elected to distribute the 2020 COVID-19 CHARITY donation to the less privileged people within your community affected by the pandemic.

Contact Mr. Reid Hoffman, urgently for further direction on distributing the funds to the communities in your country Via this Email:


Social Services Department

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Do not open email from people you don’t know

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Think before you click

If an email or text message looks suspicious, don’t open any attachments or click on the links.

Verify urgent requests or unsolicited emails, messages or phone calls before you respond

If you receive a message or a phone call asking for immediate action and don't know the sender, it could be a phishing message.

Be careful with links and new website addresses

Malicious website addresses may appear almost identical to legitimate sites. Scammers often use a slight variation in spelling or logo to lure you. Malicious links can also come from friends whose email has unknowingly been compromised, so be careful.

Secure your personal information

Before providing any personal information, such as your date of birth, Social Security number, account numbers, and passwords, be sure the website is secure.

Stay informed on the latest cyber threats

Keep yourself up to date on current scams by visiting this website daily.

Use Strong Passwords

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Keep all of your software applications up to date on your computers and mobile devices. Install software that provides antivirus, firewall, and email filter services.

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Make sure your operating systems (OSs) and applications are up to date on all of your electronic devices. Older and unpatched versions of OSs and software are the target of many hacks. Read the CISA security tip on Understanding Patches and Software Updates for more information.

What if You Got Scammed?

Stop Contact With The Scammer

Hang up the phone. Do not reply to emails, messages, or letters that the scammer sends. Do not make any more payments to the scammer. Beware of additional scammers who may contact you claiming they can help you get your lost money back.

Secure Your Finances

  • Report potentially compromised bank account, credit or debit card information to your financial institution(s) immediately. They may be able to cancel or reverse fraudulent transactions.
  • Notify the three major credit bureaus. They can add a fraud alert to warn potential credit grantors that you may be a victim of identity theft. You may also want to consider placing a free security freeze on your credit report. Doing so prevents lenders and others from accessing your credit report entirely, which will prevent them from extending credit:

Check Your Computer

If your computer was accessed or otherwise affected by a scam, check to make sure that your anti-virus is up-to-date and running and that your system is free of malware and keylogging software. You may also need to seek the help of a computer repair company. Consider utilizing the Better Business Bureau’s website to find a reputable company.

Change Your Account Passwords

Update your bank, credit card, social media, and email account passwords to try to limit further unauthorized access. Make sure to choose strong passwords when changing account passwords.

Report The Scam

Reporting helps protect others. While agencies can’t always track down perpetrators of crimes against scammers, they can utilize the information gathered to record patterns of abuse which may lead to action being taken against a company or industry.

Report your issue to the following agencies based on the nature of the scam:

  • Local Law Enforcement: Consumers are encouraged to report scams to their local police department or sheriff’s office, especially if you lost money or property or had your identity compromised.
  • Federal Trade Commission: Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or use the Online Complaint Assistant to report various types of fraud, including counterfeit checks, lottery or sweepstakes scams, and more.
  • If someone is using your personal information, like your Social Security, credit card, or bank account number, to open new accounts, make purchases, or get a tax refund, report it at This federal government site will also help you create your Identity Theft Report and a personal recovery plan based on your situation. Questions can be directed to 877-ID THEFT.

How To Recognize a Phishing Scam

Scammers use email or text messages to try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could get access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information to other scammers. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day — and they’re often successful.

Scammers often update their tactics to keep up with the latest news or trends, but here are some common tactics used in phishing emails or text messages:

Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

  • say they’ve noticed some suspicious activity or log-in attempts — they haven’t
  • claim there’s a problem with your account or your payment information — there isn’t
  • say you need to confirm some personal or financial information — you don’t
  • include an invoice you don’t recognize — it’s fake
  • want you to click on a link to make a payment — but the link has malware
  • say you’re eligible to register for a government refund — it’s a scam
  • offer a coupon for free stuff — it’s not real

About Online Threat Alerts (OTA)

Online Threat Alerts or OTA is an anti-cybercrime community that started in 2012. OTA alerts the public to cyber crimes and other web threats.

By alerting the public, we have prevented a lot of online users from getting scammed or becoming victims of cybercrimes.

With the ever-increasing number of people going online, it important to have a community like OTA that continuously alerts or protects those same people from cyber-criminals, scammers and hackers, who are every day finding new ways of carrying out their malicious activities.

Online users can help by reporting suspicious or malicious messages or websites to OTA. And, if they want to determine if a message or website is a threat or scam, they can use OTA's search engine to search for the website or parts of the message for information.

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COVID-19 Text Scams with Link to Fake Coronavirus Websites