Cyber Security

Young Adults are Falling Victim to Online Scams

2024-01-30T11:16:22-06:00January 30, 2024|Cyber Security, Current Issues, Featured|

You get a notification on your phone, alerting you that an unfamiliar charge has posted to your account. You have no idea where the charge came from and suddenly your bank account is absent a couple of hundred bucks. You better act fast and get your credit or debit card cancelled before the scammer can purchase more stuff with your hard-earned money! While scammers are generally known to target the elderly who can be susceptible to falling for their tricks, it turns out the younger generations are losing more money to scammers! Young people are targeted via social media like Instagram and Facebook. According to the Federal Trade Commission an astounding $2.7 Billion has been lost to scams on social media from June 2021-January 2023! Many of these losses are generated through fake online shopping ads in which the merchant (scammer) doesn’t fulfill the order and disappears when you try [...]

Five Tips to Recognize a Phishing Email

2023-12-19T20:29:41-06:00December 12, 2023|Cyber Security|

Five Tips to Recognize a Phishing Email Matt Meline, CFP November 08, 2023 In today’s digital landscape, phishing attacks have become a pervasive cybersecurity threat that can compromise both your financial well-being and personal identity. Outlined below are several tips that can be of great value to your family and friends: 5 Tips to Help You Recognize a Potential Phishing Attempt: Unusual Requests for Personal Information: If you receive an email from a bank asking you to click on a link and verify your account details, exercise caution. When in doubt, contact the company directly using the contact information provided on its official website. Generic Greetings: Be wary of emails that begin with generic salutations, such as “Dear valued member” or “Dear customer,” and request you to take immediate action or provide personal information. These could be phishing attempts. Fake Email Addresses: Pay attention to slight alterations [...]

Scammers on the Rise as World Conflicts Ensue

2023-12-19T20:35:53-06:00December 12, 2023|Cyber Security|

Scammers on the Rise as World Conflicts Ensue Will Schroeder December 04, 2023 When there is a spike in global conflicts or disasters, there is also a spike in charitable giving. Charitably minded families want to help the innocent and unsuspecting people who are affected by these crises by giving to charities that pledge to aid these affected areas. However, the IRS warns taxpayers that scammers are taking advantage of these world issues by creating fake charities to make a quick buck. Scammers will use fake phone numbers or charity names that are very similar to the legitimate ones, luring people in who don’t know the difference. Thankfully, the IRS has an online tool called the Tax-Exempt Organization Search (TEOS) on their website which verifies the authenticity of the charity you wish to donate to. IRS TEOS TOOL. It also allows you to check the [...]

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