People and businesses worldwide have relied on the internet in unprecedented ways since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Virtual calls have replaced both family gatherings and business meetings. We are increasingly dependent on the internet for communication, shopping, news, entertainment, and much more. This, combined with the uncertainty and fear raised by the pandemic, has created an ideal environment for cybercriminals to take advantage of the situation. In this article, we will explore some of the scams related to the Covid 19 situation.
The following list contains some of the Scams, and there is no particular order.

01) Fake emails, messages, or social media, posts advertising Coronavirus diagnoses
02) Donation requests from fake charities (either with fake names or fraudsters imitating legitimate charities)
03) Internet-based maps of Coronavirus geographic hotspots, which attacks your device with malware
04) Selling a "cure" for the coronavirus on the internet but including toxic ingredients
05) Fake commercials for hand sanitizer gel
06) Advertising for face masks that aren't real
07) False vaccine adverts (these do not currently exist)
08) Emails and other messages claiming to be from the Department of Education, promising free school meals while schools are closed, and asking bank account information
09) Emails informing you that you have been punished for failing to follow lockdown procedures
10) Emails, social media posts, and texts promote Coronavirus testing kits for home usage and for use by enterprises to test their workers. These DO NOT EXIST.
11) Emails offering Coronavirus insurance coverage or thanking you for obtaining insurance and sending a link to your "papers" Unfortunately, coronavirus is not covered by health insurance.
12) Emails purporting to be from a large shop offering free coupons to help consumers during the outbreak. Instead, the emails contain a fake link.
13) Emails aimed exclusively at the elderly, offering pre-paid funerals and Power of Attorney services
14) There has been a significant spike in the number of blackmail emails claiming that the sender has discovered you browsing porn and demanding a ransom to prevent this from being revealed to your contacts. These may quote a password you use or have used, but you should not respond or pay because they have no information about you
15) You received an email headed "You are infected," in which you were instructed to download an Excel attachment and go to the nearest emergency health center for testing. Unfortunately, malware has infected the Excel document.
16) Email appearing to be from your employer requesting personal information as part of your return to work
17) Fake text messages regarding contact-tracing apps, urging you to click on URLs that are fake and install malware on your device.

How can we avoid those misleading scams?

01) Do not trust everything you read; instead, rely on official sources for the most up-to-date Coronavirus information.

02) Examine the legitimacy of charitable appeals.

03) Do not be tempted to order Coronavirus-related products over the internet, especially if payment is required by any method other than a credit card(which, in most cases, provides additional protection).

04. Be careful of calls from apparent travel agents, tour operators, airlines, cruise lines, insurance companies, or compensation firms offering to handle refunds for travel, accommodations, or event admission. If you're unsure, call the companies you've been interacting with at the phone number you know is correct.