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Watch out for the “the fake refund” tech support scam

In this scam, the criminal contacts the victim offering a refund for tech support services previously rendered. The criminal requests access to the victim’s device and instructs the victim to login to their online bank account to process a refund. As a result, the criminal gains control of the victim’s device and bank account. Consider […]

Look out for delivery scam smishing

Many individuals will be checking their phones to keep tabs on package arrival times. Scammers know this, so expect a spike in delivery scam smishing — or SMS phishing — attempts. If you spot anything that seems suspicious, don’t click on any links. Verify the information through the company’s website or app.

Recognize charity scams

Charity scams are a predictable feature of any major disaster. Usually, these scams have tell-tale signs such as typos, odd return email addresses and aggressive marketing language. Just to be safe, check for guidance from bodies such as the Federal Trade Commission, and avoid opening any messages with senders you don’t recognize.

Never share your Medicare number with anyone except your doctor

When you receive your Medicare card in the mail, put it in a secure place where no one will find it. And if someone contacts you by phone or email asking for your Medicare number, don’t give it to them. Cybercriminals who pose as health care professionals can use this information to steal your identity.

Read seller reviews when shopping online

When you enter your payment information into a form online, you should be 100% sure that the source is trustworthy. Many scammers will pose as online sellers, or implant malware into the code of legitimate retailers with vulnerable pages. If you’re browsing on a site that you’re unfamiliar with, don’t buy anything without doing some […]

How do you avoid being a phishing victim

Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls or email messages from individuals asking about personal information. If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Do not use contact information provided on a website connected to the request; instead, check previous statements for contact information.