SMP CyberSAFE

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CyberSAFE Posts

  • CyberSAFE August 2021

    Posted by Lee Ann Hepler on 8/2/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Stimulus Payment Scams are Still Circulating

    Have you received a text message or phone call concerning your stimulus payment? Chances are, it’s a scammer trying to get your information and your money.

    Becca Kelly Slaughter, Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has some words of caution and advice in this brief video. Three signs of a scammer in action:

    • The government will not ask you for payment to receive your stimulus funds.
    • The government will not call, email, text, or message you on social media to ask for your Social Security, bank account or credit card number.
    • The government will not ask for payment through money transfers, gift cards or cryptocurrencies.

    Possible scams can be reported to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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  • CyberSAFE Article June 2021

    Posted by Lee Ann Hepler on 7/6/2021

    Family Emergency Imposter Scam

    Scammers will do anything to get your money. One scam is known as the "Family Emergency Imposter Scam." Scammers call potential victims and pose as a friend of a family member in distress. 

    Lisa Lake, an FTC Consumer Education Specialist gives three easy tips to avoid being scammed

    • Resist the urge to act immediately.
    • Call or message your loved one using a trusted contact number.
    • Never send payment. 

     

    Watch on YouTube.

     

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  • CyberSAFE Article May 2021

    Posted by Lee Ann Hepler on 6/22/2021

    It has been over a year since COVID-19 made its first appearance in our area. In response to the virus, we have adapted to new daily routines to help stay safe and healthykeep your distance, wear a mask, and wash your handsA few months ago, several vaccines became available, and the scammers of the world saw an opportunity. Because of these quick-thinking scammers, our new daily routines should also include keeping a watchful eye on our bank accounts and personal information and making smart decision when it comes to sharing personal information.  

     


    Man holding laptop.  “Fraudsters are always looking to take advantage of significant world events. The COVID-19 pandemic and its corresponding rapid digital acceleration brought about by stay-at-home orders is a global event unrivaled in the online age,” said Shai Cohen, senior vice president of Global Fraud Solutions at TransUnion 


     

    According to Colleen Tressler, the scammers’ newest attempt to swindle your personal information involves sending phony vaccine surveys. Ms. Tressler is with the FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education and in her article, she states that these opportunistic scammers are sending emails and text messages with links to surveys. These surveys appear to be legitimate, but it is all an elaborate ruse to steal your personal data. Her advice to avoid being scammed is simple 

    • Do not click on any links or open attachments.  
    • Do not call or use the number in the email or text.  
    • Do not give out your banking account, credit card, or personal information.  
    • Report scams to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.  

    In the same way that we are vigilant in protecting our health, we must also be vigilant in protecting our financial and personal information. Just like viruses, scammers are out there looking for a weak spot to capitalize on – inoculate yourself against these scammers by keeping your information private.

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