Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, credit or debit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can happen to anyone, but there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of becoming a victim.
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October 3, 2018 - Phone Scam Impersonates Sheriff's Office
 

The bad guys have a new phone scam, and it’s vicious.They call you and claim to be from the local sheriff’s office.

Then, they inform you of a warrant that’s been issued for your arrest. As a way to “help” you out, they agree not to arrest you if you pay a fine.

Don’t be tricked into paying the fine! This is a vishing (voice phishing) scam used to steal your money. Remember, no one in law enforcement will ever ask for you to make a payment over the phone. Stay aware of vishing tactics!

 

September 26, 2018 - Upcoming 2020 Olympics Scam
 

The bad guys are already testing their scams for the 2020 Olympics. They plan to send you a phishing email offering you tickets to the event or Olympic-themed gifts.

They will use social engineering tactics, such as placing the phrase “tokyo2020” in URLs or in their sender email address to trick you. Their goal is to compromise your computer or smartphone to access your bank account details.

The bad guys have over a year to perfect this scam, so you need to stay vigilant! Don't click on links in event-themed emails, texts, or instant messages. If you are sent a suspicious email, delete the email or follow the reporting procedures put in place by your organization.
 
 
September 19, 2018 - Watch for a New Hybrid Attack Involving CEO Fraud
 
The bad guys are getting creative with a new hybrid attack that involves CEO Fraud and gift card scams.

There is a massive campaign underway where they impersonate an executive and urgently ask for gift cards to be bought for customers. Once the gift cards are physically bought from a store, the “boss” asks you to send them the redeem code/number via email or text.

Never comply with a request like this - it’s a scam! Always confirm a request with your boss over a live phone call or in person to make sure it’s not a scam. Sometimes it's OK to say "no" to the boss!
 
 
September 12, 2018 - Email Impersonation Attacks on the Rise
 
Stay alert! The bad guys are now using CEO fraud and Business Email Compromise attacks more than ever.

These attacks take place when the bad guys impersonate executives within your organization via email and ask you to transfer them a large sum of money. They’re trying to manipulate you - don’t fall for it!

Instead, make sure that any request for a money transfer comes from the right person! Grab the phone and give them a call to verify that the request is legitimate. Better yet, communicate with them face-to-face about the request. They’ll thank you later!
 
 
September 5, 2018 - Look Out for Fake Phishing Websites
 
Be extra cautious! The bad guys are using foreign characters to create phishing websites that spoof popular brands (Example: micròsoft.com instead of microsoft.com). Then, they use these websites to trick you into providing your personal information.

The latest phishing website scam is a contest for you to win “free tickets” from well-known airlines. They ask you a series of seemingly innocent questions and then tell you to share the free offer with 15 of your contacts before being directed to the URL where you can access the free tickets.

Don’t fall for this - there are no free tickets! Instead, you’re sending the bad guys your personal information and a list of more people to scam. Always check a website for any signs that it may not be legitimate, or type in the company’s web address yourself.
 
August 29, 2018 - Beware of Friend Requests on Social Media
 
The bad guys aren’t limiting their scams to just your email account - they’re attacking you via social media, too! They create a fake profile and request to be your friend, or send you a message. They come off as wanting to be friends (in some cases, maybe even more), but what they really want is your money or your friend list. With access to your friend list, the bad guys will have even more people to target.

Don’t let them manipulate you! Don't add or message people on social media that you do not know. These “random” profiles reaching out to you are fake and could lead you into a potentially dangerous situation.
 
 
August 22, 2018 - SharePoint Phishing Attack Impacts 10% of Office 365 Users
 
Be on alert! The bad guys have a new way of stealing your login credentials. They target you by sending you an invite via email to open a SharePoint document. The link takes you to an actual SharePoint page where you will see a OneDrive prompt. The prompt will have an “Access Document” link in it - don’t click this link!

This link is malicious and will take you to a fake Office 365 login screen. Any credentials you enter here will be sent to the bad guys. Don't be tricked!

Whenever you're submitting login credentials to any site, make sure to check the URL of the page for accuracy. Also, remember to always hover over links to see where they are taking you.
 

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