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From the PrivaPlan Blog

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New COVID-19 vishing scam targets nursing homes

A new COVID-19 phone scam is targeting nursing homes in the Midwest. Called vishing, these phone calls use the guise of test results to steal personal information.

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The COVID-19 Vaccine Phishing Campaigns are Here

The COVID-19 vaccines began arriving in U.S. hospitals this week, and as expected, the phishing campaigns are in full force, with an increase in suspicious texts or emails claiming to have information about the vaccine in exchange for personal information.

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Alert: Postcard Disguised as Official OCR Communication is in the Mail

Though the postage is marked first class, the mailer’s intent is not. In fact, it is another low-class act by scammers. The United States Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a statement on August 6 about postcards that are being sent to health care organizations disguised as official OCR communications, claiming to be notices of a mandatory HIPAA compliance risk assessment.

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Microsoft warns of COVID-19 phishing attack via Excel

Microsoft is warning users about an infected Excel email attachment that can wreak major havoc when opened. The massive phishing attack started on May 12 appearing as emails from the Johns Hopkins Center with an Excel attachment that claims to be US deaths caused by the Coronavirus.