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.

We have had multiple customers report being contacted by VISA fraud stating that 2 charges payable to Primetechnology, each in the amount of around $400 are posting to their account. If this happens, do not enter in any of your card information. This is not a legitimate call. Hang up and call the number on the back of your card to speak to a representative or contact the bank at 800.421.2575.


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February 22, 2019 - Watch out for Tech Support Scams
Nowadays, you should be on high alert whenever you’re browsing the web. The cyber scammers are counting on you to have an average (or below-average) level of knowledge about cybersecurity threats so they can trick you into downloading malicious applications.

The attack usually goes like this: First, you receive a fake Windows Alert pop-up message claiming “Your PC might be infected” and to “click OK to do a quick 10-second scan”.

When you click OK, a very realistic-looking–but very fake–”system scan” runs within your browser. The scan looks almost identical to your antivirus software’s real system scans.

Once the “scan” ends, you’re told that your PC is indeed infected and that you need to download and install an update to the antivirus software. Don’t do it! This “update” is actually an unwanted application that will install onto your computer.
Consider the following to protect yourself from this type of scam:
  • Never trust internet pop-ups. They often use scare tactics to get you to call a number for tech support or download an application to "fix" the problem.
  • Go to your IT administrator (if at work) or a reputable computer repair company (if at home) if you think something is wrong with your computer.
 
February 13, 2019 - Watch out for Malicious “Love You” Malware
The bad guys always use holidays to their advantage, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. They’re now sending malware to your inbox with love.
 
Cybercriminals are sending Valentine-themed spam emails containing malicious attachments. They’re attempting to trick you and steal your attention with subject lines like: “My love letter for you” and “Always thinking about you”.
 
Within the email, they’ve included a zipped file that has a title beginning with “Love_you_” and when you open or double click on the file, multiple types of malware will be downloaded to your system.
 
Remember the following to avoid falling victim to these types of scams:
  • Check the sender of the email. Even if it is coming from someone you know, their email address could be spoofed.
  • Before opening any attachments that appear to be coming from someone you know, give that person a phone call and make sure they intended to share it with you.
 
February 8, 2019 - Be Careful with Online Job Offers
Imagine you’re casually scrolling through your LinkedIn newsfeed when you come across an ad for a position that you’re perfect for, at a company you’d love to be a part of. Considering you are on a website that knows your job title, industry sector, location, etc., you likely wouldn’t think much of it and proceed to find out more information, right? This is what the bad guys are betting on.
 
Once you respond to the ad and apply for your dream job, they’ll have your “would-be employer” respond and schedule a call, sometimes over Skype.

Once the bad guys have you where they want you–in your hopeful bliss of acquiring a new position–they’ll ask you to install a program (ApplicationPDF.exe) to “generate your online application”. What the program actually does is install malware on your computer.

LinkedIn’s reputation for being a professional networking platform inherently causes many of its users to lower their guard when it comes to cybersecurity. Just because an ad is on LinkedIn doesn’t mean you can trust it. Remember: Never download any questionable files (in this case ApplcationPDF.exe). If you’re interested in a position you find on LinkedIn, navigate to the company’s website to see if you can find it listed and apply for the position there.
 

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