“Pass it On” at the Holidays

“Pass it On” at the holidays November 19, 2019 by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education Holidays often mean time with family and friends. If you’re looking for conversation starters that avoid tricky topics – like who should’ve won the World Series – why not chat about scams? Pass it…

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SIM Swap Scams: How to Protect Yourself

October 23, 2019 by Alvaro Puig, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC If your cell phone is your go-to device for checking your email, paying your bills, or posting to social media, you’re not alone. So imagine that your cell phone suddenly stops working: no data, no text messages, no phone calls. Then picture getting an unexpected…

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A Man Gets a Call from the IRS

No, this isn’t the beginning of a joke. But it is the beginning of a scam. With taxes due in the upcoming days, you should be on high alert for fraudulent calls claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. These scammers insist that you owe money to the government. Then, they threaten you with…

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Be Cautious of Email Attachments!

As always, you must be suspicious of all email attachments, because attackers are finding new ways to get around email security filters. The latest attack includes Microsoft Office attachments containing hyperlinks to dangerous websites. If you unknowingly download one of these attachments and click on a link from within the document, you will be brought…

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It’s Not a Game: Malicious Apps in Your App Store

Well, actually, it IS a game… sort of. The bad guys are developing malicious applications with the hopes of making their way into your mobile device’s app store –and sometimes they’re successful. Recently, over 100,000 people* across the globe downloaded applications containing spyware from a reputable app store. According to researchers, this spyware steals personal…

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Netflix Billing 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…

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Don’t Reuse Your Old Passwords!

Everyone has a bazillion passwords, and we know managing them is a pain. Experts constantly tell us to make all of our passwords unique and different but don’t reuse them or write them down. That’s a tall order unless you have a photographic memory, but here are a few tips for creating new passwords: This…

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Extortion Scams Making the Rounds

Extortion scams have been around for a long time, but they’re getting bolder and in some cases, more dangerous. Be cautious of these scam emails… they’re happening locally! The first one plays on recipients’ fears of being caught viewing inappropriate websites. Scammers will send an email claiming they have a video of you spending time…

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Protect Your Debit Card This Holiday Season

Getting ready for the holiday shopping frenzy?! Before you do, keep in mind a few important points when using your debit card: Enroll in SHAZAM BOLT$ Transaction Alerting and Text Messaging Now is the perfect time to introduce (or reintroduce) yourself to the BOLT$ app and its debit card fraud protection features, including email and/or…

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Don’t Fall For This Power Trip

Be careful of scammers posing as power company representatives threatening disconnection if you don’t make an immediate payment. The targets of these scams are often businesses, mainly because of the number of bills they receive. Sometimes the fraud attempt is perpetrated by phone, but occasionally a scammer will appear in person dressed in a fake…

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