COVID-19 Facts, Myths, and Scam Alerts

SCAM ALERT #1 - Text Messages

KDHE learned on March 12, 2020 that spam text messages are being sent to Kansans announcing confirmed cases of COVID-19 at different hospitals. These are scams and are NOT TRUE. For current case counts, visit

SCAM ALERT #2 - Malware Map

On March 10, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services identified a malicious website pretending to be a live map for COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University. Visiting users are infected with the AZORult trojan, a malware that steals information and sensitive data. This malware is likely spread through infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Anyone searching the internet for a Coronavirus map could come upon this malicious website. 

SCAM Malware Live Map Image

SCAM ALERT #3 - Tracking App

CovidLock is a MALWARE smartphone app that claims it will track the COVID-19 outbreak. If you install it on your phone, it will perform a screen lock attack, and infect your device with ransomware. You may receive a notice to pay $100.00 or some other amount. DO NOT PAY this fee. Contact your I.T. support. There is often a decryption key available to unlock your device.

(Courtesy of Centura Health)

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