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Researchers are warning of an upward surge in social-engineering lures in malicious emails that promise victims financial relief during the coronavirus pandemic.

The slew of campaigns piggy-back on news of governments mulling financial relief packages, in response to the economic stall brought on by consumers social distance themselves. This latest trend shows cybercriminals continuing to look to the newest developments in the coronavirus saga as leverage for phishing campaigns, targeted emails spreading malware and more.

“These campaigns use the promise of payments by global governments and businesses (specifically financial institutions) aimed at easing the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic to urge users to click links or download files,” said Proofpoint researchers, in analysis released Wednesday.
 
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