As you know, the coronavirus is currently a major issue all around the world.
Sadly fraudsters are taking advantage of the situation by sending various phishing/spam emails related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in order to spread malicious malware to BU and personal devices. This malware enables them to collect online credentials and personal information.
Scammers encourage victims to purchase face masks, antibacterial hand gels and even claim that they can provide the recipient with a list of people in their region affected by the COVID-19. However, these emails contain malicious links, attachments or lead to malicious websites - individuals may even be asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.
We encourage all staff and students to remain vigilant when studying and working from home. There are a number of steps that will help you stay safe online.
If you are at all uncertain about the links in an email:
- navigate to BU’s dedicated coronavirus pages via the main BU website, rather than clicking the link embedded in the email or you could just type the link directly into your web browser
- report any suspicious emails to IT Services. This could be messages with a web link that does not point directly to the BU website or an email that requests that you open an attachment to read the message.
BU’s dedicated Coronavirus pages can be found here: www.bournemouth.ac.uk/coronavirus
For further information or to report a suspicious email message please contact IT Services on 01202 9(65515), option 1.