Protect Yourself from Online Scams

Since the start of COVID-19, we have been spending a lot more time online. Because of this, there has been an uptick in online scams. The Better Business Bureau has received reports of text messages with links, encouraging people to fill out their census in order to receive their stimulus check, or texts directing people to fill out questions about COVID-19. To help you and your loved ones learn how to spot a scam, we have compiled the following tips:

Government agencies don’t communicate through social

If you are receiving unsolicited messages online or via text, chances are it’s not from the government.

Don’t pay money for a “free” grant

The government will not ask for an advanced processing fee. If you receive a message from a potential government agency asking for money, don’t trust it.

Check for look-a-like agencies

If you receive a message from an agency, research it. Do a quick Google search for the company to ensure that it is a real company. In addition, do a Google search of the email address connected with the message.

Research before you click

Links in a message are the most dangerous part of a scam. A link can download theft malware on your device which helps the scammers gather more information. Links are also where scammers begin to gather your information. Don’t click on something unless you’re absolutely sure it’s safe.

Don’t assume messages are from a friend

Scammers often assume the identify of someone you trust: friends, family, or the government.Pay attention to the language used in the message. Is it similar to something a friend would say? Is this something your friend would send to you? If there is a link, contact the family member outside of social media to verify that the message was sent by them.

Sign up for scam alerts

Stay up-to-date on the latest scams by signing up for email updates from The Federal Trade Commision.

In addition, we want to share the videos we send out to staff on Cyber Awareness. Watch them here:

Cybersecurity Tips for All Ages

This global pandemic has taught us the importance of coming together to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe. This same philosophy can and should be applied to all aspects of our lives, especially cybersecurity.

While anyone can become a victim of the next cyber-attack, vulnerable generations – like the old and young – are more susceptible to victimization due to their lack of knowledge and awareness. That’s why it’s up to us to do our part by sharing our cybersecurity knowledge with these generations to help keep them informed and cyber-safe.

Emergency Coronavirus Scams

As the global health crisis intensifies, cybercriminals are escalating their attacks. Preying on a new massive pool of employees working from home, cybercriminals are trying out new and clever scams that are having a much higher success rate.

In this security tip video, we will take an updated look at some of the new Coronavirus related scams that are on the rise.

Tech Support Scams

Technical support companies can be critical in helping solve some complex issues with our digital devices. Unfortunately, scammers are using this dependence as a way to get their foot in the door and trick their victims into paying them money or installing a virus.

In this security tip, learn some of the tactics scammers use in a tech support scam, and how to avoid becoming the next victim.

Coronavirus Scams

As fears of a possible pandemic over the Novel Coronavirus grow worldwide, cybercriminals are cashing in. New waves of scams are emerging with high success rates due to their relevant content.

In this security tip video, learn more about how cybercriminals are using the Coronavirus fears to spread a virus of their own.