Beware of an increase in phishing emails and texts on COVID-19 aid
As we approach transition to the new federal administration, an increase in phishing emails, texts and phone calls purporting to have information about new COVID-19 related funding and vaccine distribution is expected. Staff should continue to carefully review all emails to ensure that the sender is legitimate and that the email is expected.
Funding information related to COVID-19 aid comes through official government channels, so staff should not be receiving official emails directly. Departments should continue to coordinate their COVID-19 response activities through their Internal Control Plans and internal communication process and report unusual activity through their normal process.
If your staff gets one of these suspicious emails, in addition to your incident response notification protocols, please contact CTREmergencyNotification@mass.gov with any incidents or suspected incidents of fraud or cyber-attacks to ensure that CTR can act to protect enterprise systems, notify authorities, and assist with mitigation strategies and continued operations. Visit the CTR Cyber Center for additional resources and links for Cybersecurity Tips and Alerts.