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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How to Avoid Covid-19 Based Cyber Scams This Holiday Season

This year your traditional Holiday celebrations are going to be different from previous years as we focus on socially distancing. One tradition that isn't changing this year is the fact cybercriminals are looking for new ways to trick you out of your money and identity. Some of these scams are specific to the holiday season, others are specific to the COVID19 pandemic. Scams always increase during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, but with the virus, you can be sure there will be scams designed to prey on people. Here's a look at some of the pandemic based scams and what you can do to keep yourself safe.

1. The Cryptocurrency Scam. Cryptocurrency has taken off in the past couple of years. If you're not familiar, it's an online currency that works outside of banks and government. Cryptocurrency scams come in the form of emails promising investment opportunities and ransomware attacks. Criminals focus on getting funds via cryptocurrency because once they get your money in the form of online currency, there is virtually no way to get your money back. If you are unfamiliar with investing, it's best to stick with investment firms. You can avoid malware by avoid phishing emails and texts that want you to click on a link to visit a website.