Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, credit or debit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can happen to anyone, but there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of becoming a victim.
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January 2, 2019 - Dangerous Netflix Scam is Back
 
The bad guys are back to their old tricks with Netflix again. They are sending out email messages asking users to update their billing information but don’t click that link! If you do, the bad guys could steal your login details, your credit card data, your picture, your ID, and even more if they gain access to your computer or network.
 
Here are some tips on how to stay safe:
 
  • Never click on a login link or an account verification link in an email.
  • Check for the green HTTPS padlock in your browser's address bar. If there isn’t one, it means the site is not secure.
  • If there is a green HTTPS padlock in your browser's address bar, check the web address of the site. If it’s not exactly what you expect, don't click!
  • Don’t ignore telltale signs that it's a scam such as spelling and grammar errors.
  • Guard your ID closely. Never give away a picture of yourself or your ID when it isn’t absolutely necessary.
 
 
December 26, 2018 - Watch out for W2 and Tax Fraud Phishing
 
The bad guys are starting their tax scams early this season! All employees should look out for urgent emails and phone calls supposedly coming from the IRS or tax-related companies in the next few months.
For all employees, if you receive a phone call from the IRS claiming you owe back taxes and must pay, don’t fall for it. This is a common scam that they try every year.
And HR and Accounting teams should be on even higher alert. Cyber attackers are now combining two scams-in-one. First, they ask you to send them the W-2 forms of all employees, with the email looking like it comes from the CEO or a C-level executive. Next, they follow up with an urgent request to transfer a large sum of money to a bank account controlled by these cyber criminals.
Remember that when you receive sudden requests like this, they may be spoofed emails. You should double check by picking up the phone to verify that this is a legitimate request coming from that executive. In these cases, it's OK to “say NO to the CEO".
This tax season, stay alert for scams like this, and Think Before You Click!
 
 
December 19, 2018 - New Dangerous Email Extortion Scam
 
The bad guys are continuing to get more and more bold with their extortion scams. The latest extortion scam involves sending you an email that looks like a bomb threat. The email claims there is an explosive device in the building which will detonate unless you pay them in bitcoin.
 
This threat is being sent to millions of people, so the likelihood that it is real is very small. However, if you receive this type of extortion email be sure to do the following:
 
  • Follow your organization's security policy
  • Contact the appropriate authorities in your organization
  • Do not answer or forward the email to coworkers
 
 
December 12, 2018 - Extortion is Back Again!
 
Extortion scams are back and they are getting more and more dangerous. This time, the bad guys are sending out emails, claiming they have a video of you watching an inappropriate website and then prompting you to download that video and see it for yourself.
 
But if you do, your computer gets infected with ransomware!
 
Here are some things you can do to avoid becoming a victim of extortion:
 
  • Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know, and be wary of opening attachments even from those you do know.
  • Turn off and/or cover any web cameras when you are not using them.
  • Remember, if you receive an email that claims to have a compromising video of you viewing sensitive material, do not answer or send money. Instead, delete the email.
 
Don’t fall victim to the bad guys!
 
 
December 5, 2018 - Think Before You Shop!
 
The bad guys are taking advantage of mobile shoppers this holiday season! By using mobile apps, they can trick you into giving your personal information or installing malware onto your smartphone. This can give them access to your credit card information or lock your smartphone with ransomware, forcing you to pay a fee to unlock it. To stay safe this year, never download apps from offers that sound too good to be true, never download from unofficial app stores, and do your research. Make sure to check for any fake reviews, the number of downloads the app has, spelling errors, or strange logos. When in doubt, only use retailers you trust through their official sites or apps.
 
 
November 28, 2018 - Stop Reusing Old Passwords


If you're using the same password for multiple accounts, you're making yourself vulnerable! If the bad guys have your credentials for one site, they can use tools to automatically test those credentials on other sites. So, if you are using the same password for multiple accounts, change that password immediately!


Here are some tips for creating new passwords:


  • Create complex passwords that are at least eight characters with a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Use passphrases as a password such as a phrase or a sentence. Make sure it is unique but make it something you can remember.
  • Use a password generator, such as LastPass and 1Password to generate your passwords for you.
  • Don’t use variations of your old passwords.

 

November 21, 2018 - Black Friday & Cyber Monday Alert
 
It may be the start of the Holiday Season but don’t think that means the bad guys are on vacation! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest online shopping days and the bad guys are out to get rich with your money. After all, ‘tis the season for scams and phishing.


So how do I stay safe this holiday season?


  • Always type in the address or use bookmarks to navigate to your favorite shopping sites.
  • Never click on links in emails with special offers.
  • Watch out for alerts via email or texts from FedEx, UPS, or the US mail asking for personal information.
  • Don’t download fake mobile apps that promise big savings.
  • Be wary of online discount coupons. Remember to only use credit cards online, never debit cards.


If you think you might have been scammed, stay calm and call your credit card company immediately. Ask them to cancel your card and mail you a new one.




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