Learn About COVID-19 Scams

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Stay up to date on the latest Coronavirus scams! Since cybercriminals prey on fear, we need to be hyper vigilant in avoiding these COVID-19 scams wherever we see them.

Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Emails

What do I do if I’ve received emails related to COVID-19, and I am not sure if they are legitimate?

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an advisory warning of scams involving COVID-19 and the UIS Information Security Office (UISO) is already seeing phishing messages being received by faculty, staff and students related to the virus.

If you receive a suspicious phishing email, do not click anything and forward that email to UISO at CIRT@georgetown.edu

The Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
  • Use trusted sources such as legitimate government websites for official up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.

Stay informed on new COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates on Georgetown’s official coronavirus page


Image of a sample fraudulent email sent to Georgetown