COVID-19 Phishing Email Indicators

Phishing scams are always prolific, but the current global pandemic is making email phishing attempts appear more legitimate.  Examples of Coronavirus-related phishing emails include: fraudulent government relief updates, malicious infection maps, spoofing or impersonation of health organizations and/or medical suppliers, and donation requests for persons affected by the virus.

Tips for spotting phishing:

A message or email from someone claiming to be an official authority without verification.
There is a time limit to respond.
The message makes you feel panic, fear, hope, or curiosity.
The message offers something in short supply.
Current Events
The message says you should be expecting to receive messages about that topic.


Tips for avoiding phishing:

  1. Do not open any suspicious emails or text messages
  2. Do not click on hyperlinks
  3. Pay close attention to sender email addresses
  4. Review your account privacy settings
  5. Be careful about what you post
  6. Be aware of what others post about you
  7. Report suspicious emails to Internet Crime Complaint Center at


Tips if you already opened it:

  1. If on a UF device or account, notify UF IT
  2. If you lost money or provided banking details, contact your bank
  3. If your account is hacked or you provided a password, change your password(s)
  4. Use your antivirus software to run a full scan