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Coronavirus scams on the rise

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(CNN) -- Cyber-criminals are using the global coronavirus scare to try to steal your personal data.

Scammers are hoping they'll be able to gain access to your data as you search for information about the illness.

"Not only your name. address, your age, they can get your bank account a lot of times very easily and then get the money from there," said Cathy Roberson wth Logistics Trends & Insights LLC.

The Better Business Bureau is warning about emails and websites that promise tips and helpful products but are actually seeking to steal your private data.

The BBB says criminals may be trying to trick you into clicking on malicious links and opening files.

This may include emails and posts promoting awareness and prevention tips or fake information about cases in your neighborhood.

"Anything unusual, don't open it. Delete it. Immediately," said Roberson.

Experts say that's the number one tip to keep scammers at bay.

"Who is sending this email to you? if you're not sure who they are, don't open it, because a lot of times there's attachments to these emails, and that's where the virus or the attack is."

Number two: Ignore online offers for vaccinations.

Number three: Make sure the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer is up to date.

Cybersecurity experts say fake phishing scams are not new. Hackers tap into the fear and urgency linked to global issues or natural disasters and use that as bait to target you.

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