According to the UK’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFBI), criminals were quick to latch on to news of the novel Coronavirus outbreak, swindling £970,000 out of the pockets of UK citizens since February.
The most recent alert shows an additional 84 Coronavirus-related fraud reports between March 1 and March 18, a 400% increase from the previous month.
Bitdefender’s global telemetry can also backup the increased activity in relation to COVID-19-related threats. However, this infectious trend is not limited to the United Kingdom. Countries around the globe had their share of malicious activity, most notably Italy, the United States, Turkey, France, Germany, Spain, Canada, Romania and Thailand.