Kingston Police are warning the public of an email scam citing “mandatory safety awareness training” about the latest monkeypox outbreaks, which is causing concern.
“As health-related anxiety continues to be high from the COVID-19 pandemic, cybercriminals are creating scams to target a different health concern,” Kingston Police said in a media release. “Cybercriminals are using fear about monkeypox outbreaks to scare you into sharing sensitive information.”
In one scam, police said that cybercriminals send an email, likely to a place of employment, about the latest monkeypox outbreaks and provide a link to mandatory safety awareness training. When the link is clicked, the user is taken to a fake Microsoft login page.
“If you enter your login credentials, you won’t get access to monkeypox safety awareness training,” Police continued. “Instead, cybercriminals will get access to your credentials and account.”
Police offered these tips to help you stay safe from similar scams:
- Cybercriminals often use alarming topics to trick you into clicking impulsively. Always think before you click!
- If you receive an unexpected training notification, reach out to your manager to confirm that the training is legitimate.
- Before you click a link, hover your mouse over it. Watch out for links that are suspiciously long or show a different domain than the official website.