Criminals are currently sending out e-mails that claim to have been sent by the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG Bundesamt für Gesundheit). If you open the attachments or links of the emails - which supposedly contain current numbers and information about the corona virus - your computer becomes infected with malware. The Central Switzerland police corps have been warning about this on Wednesday.
The fraudsters also do not shy away from the phone: they pretend to be doctors or members of the local authorities, and try to persuade their victim to organise cash amounts for corona treatment. Thse cash amounts should then be handed over to the "health personnel" who will call at the house later, or have to be deposited in a specific location. Other fraudsters seem to be interested in whether the victim may have been in contact with infected people - and casually ask questions about bank details.
Disinfectants, protective masks, fever knives or rapid corona tests are also being offered in fake shops. Despite payment being , the goods are never delivered.
How to protect yourself:
- Ignore and delete suspicious mails. Do not open attachments or links.
- Be suspicious on the phone and never respond to demands for money claims.
- Research the provider and reviews of the site before ordering online. If there are no general terms and conditions or no imprint or if there are no information on payment terms, this indicates fraudulent offers.
- If you have any questions and want to report any suspicious findings, please contact the cantonal police force.
For further information:
Zug police 041 728 41 25
Lucerne police 041 248 80 11
Cantonal police Nidwalden 041 618 44 66
Cantonal police Obwalden 041 666 65 00
Cantonal police Schwyz 041 819 28 19
Cantonal police Uri 041 875 28 28