Beware of Fraudulent Coronoavirus Emails

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What do I do if I’ve received emails related to COVID-19, and I am not sure if they are legitimate?

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an advisory warning of scams involving COVID-19, and the UIS Information Security Office (UISO) is already seeing phishing messages being received by faculty, staff, and students related to the virus.

If you receive a suspicious phishing email, do not click anything and forward that email to UISO at

The Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
  • Use trusted sources such as legitimate government websites for official up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.

Stay informed on new COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates on Georgetown’s official coronavirus page.