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Impersonation is a popular tactic among cybercriminals today. By putting enough space between them and their victims, the internet makes it easy for scammers to pose as government agents, representatives of well-known organizations, and even loved ones via emails, direct messages, phone calls, etc. Once they have your trust, these fraudsters will try to coerce […]
Impersonating U.S. soldiers is a common scam tactic on Facebook. Someone will pretend to be a service member and then ask for escalating payments to help tend to an injury or other invented pretext. As a rule of thumb, don’t pay anyone on Facebook unless you know them.
Cashier’s checks are supposed to be reliable. However, some scammers use fake cashier’s checks in e-commerce schemes. Watch out if someone offers to send a cashier’s check for more than the amount you asked for an item, and then directs you to pay the excess amount to a third party.
Pop-up ads aren’t as prevalent as they used to be, but they can still cause trouble. Many of them contain common scams, including telling you that your system is infected with a virus, that Adobe Flash Player is out-of-date or that you need to call a particular number. These ads should be closed immediately.
During the last days of election season, get-out-the-vote initiatives go into full swing. Most candidates now have multifaceted operations involving phone banking, targeted texting and email campaigns, which seek to engage likely supporters across multiple channels. Modern campaigning still involves significant expenditures on standbys like TV and radio advertising, but it has evolved dramatically in the […]
When it comes to making online purchases, be cautious of items being advertised well below their market value. Remember, if the deal appears too good to be true, it probably is. Use the Internet to research the advertised item and the seller’s name, email addresses, telephone numbers, and other unique identifiers. Avoid sellers who refuse […]
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