Fraudulent emails aren’t exactly new, and to Google’s credit, their Gmail platform has really done a good job of blocking most of them (if some are still going unnoticed, check out our guide at how to block emails in Gmail) However, with the coronavirus outbreak, it appears that there are more fraudulent emails than ever before.
According to Google, it appears that due to the virus outbreak, the company’s Gmail platform blocks up to 18 million emails related to coronavirus scams daily. The company claims to have intercepted emails related to viruses that contain malware or are phishing emails designed to steal the user’s login credentials.
It also appears that there are 240 million coronavirus-related spam emails that are also being filtered daily. There is still a lot of confusion and uncertainty about the coronavirus, and it is not surprising that many bad actors are taking advantage of this to sell fake supplements and drugs that are intended to cure the virus.
Some are also taking advantage of themselves as government officials to request bank details and other forms of personal information that you may not regularly provide regularly. Note that, to date, there is no known cure for the virus, so all emails you receive claiming to offer a cure are, without a doubt, spam / scam. In addition, if you want the latest updates on the virus, it is best to check government websites directly.