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Stay Cyber Safe during COVID-19

We understand residents want to educate themselves with the latest and most accurate information on COVID-19 to keep themselves and their loved one’s information safe. Unfortunately, there are scammers who look to capitalize on such situations and attempt to steal or exploit personal information.  

The Sheriff’s Department has seen an increase in malicious emails, mobile applications and websites promoting fraudulent COVID-19 information. However, there are things you can do to protect your personal information.

Avoid clicking on any email, text or other digital communication that contain the following:

Messages that have CDC or COVID in the email address, but aren’t from a trusted agency

Emails that appear to be from a known source, but the body contains a link and a short message with a tone of urgency

Emails with subjects requiring “immediate action”

Third-party apps or websites that advertise they have the latest COVID-19 information

Text messages containing only a link with a title advertising important COVID-19 information

Remember: For the latest official information on COVID-19, visit trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization. For local updates, visit the Orange County Health Care Agency at