HOW TO AVOID SCAMS AND FRAUD
Scams and Scammers have two goals ... to steal your identity and finances. Financial and identity theft can happen when cybersecurity is inadequate. And, cybersecurity is not just for large corporations and small businesses, it's for consumers too. Here's what you need to know on how to keep your identity and finances safe and out of hackers hands.
CYBERSECURITY IS KEY!
THE 411 ON SCAMS
DO NOT open email from people you do not know. If an email looks like it came from a friend or coworker and you're unsure, contact them directly to confirm they sent the email. DO NOT click on any links in an email unless you know it's safe.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION
BE CAUTIOUS about links and new website addresses. Malicious websites mimic legitimate sites. Scammers use a variation in spelling or logo as the lure. And, malicious links can also come from a friends compromised email. Be aware and pay attention to detail.
SECURE YOUR personal information. Only use secure websites before providing any personal information like date of birth, SSN, passwords and credit cards.
THE STRONG AND MFA
USE STRONG Passwords AND
Multi-factor Authentication. Strong passwords are critical and aren't enough, so we suggest using a multi-factor authentication for additional safety.
UPDATE NOT OUTDATE
UPDATE Software Apps and Systems. Continually update your software, operating systems and mobile and/or electronic devices, as these are the targets for many hackers.
BE IN THE KNOW
KEEP APPRISED of the latest scams. Stay updated on current scams, hack schemes and cybersecurity threats.
UNDERSTANDING A SCAMMERS SCHEME
Scammers will recruit people and use them as “money mules” (without their knowledge) for the purpose of receiving or moving money from victims of fraudulent schemes. If a stranger asks you to receive or forward packages containing money or goods be cautious, as this may be a part of a fraudulent scheme.