Where some people see calamity, criminals see opportunity. As concern grows over the outbreak of COVID-19 in Japan, the denizens of the underworld haven't lost any time trying to find a way to profit from the situation. Crime, like the virus, never sleeps.

The Japan Cybercrime Control Center has sounded an alarm over cybercrimes that piggyback on concerns surrounding the virus. Established in 2014, the center is a nonprofit organization that tackles cyberspace threats.

The good news is that the biological virus has yet to inspire a digital counterpart — although perhaps that's just a matter of time. The bad news is that criminals are using the virus to lure victims into what turns out to be a fairly elaborate trap.