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Security Alert: Beware Tech Support Scams!

June 24, 2017 in Info, scams, Security Alert!, Tips by Web Master  |  No Comments

Cyber security involves all users of computing technology whether you use a simple cell phone or connect your gaming consoles, televisions, even refrigerators to the internet. Maintaining awareness can save you headaches, time and money.

Ever receive a phone call that starts out something like:
“Hello this is Windows support center and we have detected a problem with your computer…”?

Right away you should consider the following:

  1. Did you ever give “Windows Support Center” your phone number?
  2. Microsoft will not initiate a call you. Think about it. With the millions of users, imagine the costs to them.
  3. Your Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware didn’t indicate any issues so far (you do have such software installed… right?).
  4. These calls are aimed at the uninformed and those too caught up in the day to think critically about what is currently happening. Many victims are seniors who are not fully aware of some of the tricks employed against them.
  5. Such calls are the precursors to ID theft. The goal is to gain information such as credit card and banking information that can be monetized and used against your finances (primarily).

It happens more often than not. Too many fail to consider if the call is legit. When I receive such calls, if I don’t simply hang up and feel like messing with them I’ll throw a monkey wrench into the conversation and ask:

“Really? Which one?” (whether you have one or many…they really don’t know remember?)

The caller will either hang up or stutter and gasp some bumbled answer… Don’t fall for such calls… Read on:

National Cyber Awareness System:

FTC Releases Alert on Tech-Support Scams

06/23/2017 04:09 PM EDT

Original release date: June 23, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on technical-support scams. In these schemes, deceptive tech-support operations offer to fix problems that don’t exist, placing calls or sending pop-ups to make people think their computers are infected with viruses. Users should not give control of their computers to any stranger offering to fix problems.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to refer to the FTC Alert and the US-CERT Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information.

So, always simply hang up if you receive such calls. Then go to your computer and run scans using your anti-malware and anti-virus programs to ensure all is well. Just in case.


 

Security Alert: Aviation Phishing Scams

April 13, 2017 in Info, Security Alert!, Tips by R Bennett  |  No Comments

National Cyber Awareness System:

 

Aviation Phishing Scams

03/23/2017 04:27 PM EDT

 

Original release date: March 23, 2017

US-CERT has received reports of email-based phishing campaigns targeting airline consumers. Systems infected through phishing campaigns act as an entry point for attackers to gain access to sensitive business or personal information.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review an airline Security Advisory and US-CERT’s Security Tip ST04-014 for more information on phishing attacks.

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Security Alert: IRS Warns of Last-Minute Tax Scams

April 13, 2017 in Info, Security Alert!, Update! by Web Master  |  No Comments

National Cyber Awareness System:

 

IRS Warns of Last-Minute Tax Scams

03/17/2017 11:21 PM EDT

 

Original release date: March 17, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an alert warning of phishing email scams targeting last-minute tax filers. The alert describes common features of these cyber crimes and includes recommendations to protect against them: strengthen passwords, recognize phishing attempts, and forward suspicious emails to phishing@irs.gov.

Tax payers and tax professionals are encouraged to review the IRS alert and US-CERT’s advice on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

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Security Alert: Beware of Holiday Phishing and Malware Campaigns

November 25, 2015 in Security Alert! by Web Master  |  Comments Off on Security Alert: Beware of Holiday Phishing and Malware Campaigns

National Cyber Awareness System:

US-CERT Alerts Users to Holiday Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

11/25/2015 01:21 PM EST

Original release date: November 25, 2015

US-CERT reminds users to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online this holiday season. E-cards from unknown senders may contain malicious links. Fake advertisements or shipping notifications may deliver infected attachments. Spoofed e-mail messages and fraudulent posts on social networking sites may request support for phony causes.

To avoid seasonal campaigns that could result in security breaches, identity theft, or financial loss, US-CERT encourages users to take the following actions:

  • Avoid following unsolicited links or downloading attachments from unknown sources.

If you believe you are a victim of a holiday phishing scam or malware campaign, consider the following actions:

  • Contact your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised. Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account.

Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed and do not use that password in the future. Avoid reusing passwords on multiple sites.

A copy of this publication is available at www.us-cert.gov. If you need help or have questions, please send an email to info@us-cert.gov. This message was generated from a notification-only address that is not monitored.