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Android Users: Beware of the Latest Banking Scam Capitalizing on COVID-19

The Ginp Banking Trojan is not a new way of scamming users into giving up credit card details, however, the latest version apparently capitalizes on COVID-19 anxiety. Recently, security researchers at Kaspersky revealed that the Ginp Trojan works by asking a user for a small payment via credit card, and in return the user is supposed to receive information about individuals infected with COVID-19 in the user’s area. Of course, this is a scam, and once a user enters the credit card data, it’s in the hands of the scammers. Kapersky reported that the scammers didn’t even bother to charge the small amount to the credit card.

The scam is designed to capitalize on our search for information about COVID-19 and to lure users into thinking that, in exchange for a small credit card charge, this program will provide some peace of mind about COVID-19 infections in the user’s area. We all know that giving credit card information to scammers could lead to unwanted charges and potentially to identity theft. We must stay vigilant and obtain information on COVID-19 from reliable government and news sources. The Federal Trade Commission has a lot of great information on its website about avoiding COVID-19 scams.

As my mother used to say, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Deborah A. George, Robinson Cole, Cybersecurity lawyer

Deborah George is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group as well as its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team.

Deb advises clients on and focuses her practice on data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and compliance with related state and federal laws. She also has experience providing counsel in civil litigation and employment law matters.  She has significant experience offering advice and counsel on legal issues related to human services agencies, including Medicaid, as well as  drafting and reviewing contracts, business associate agreements, and data use agreements. ...