Safety & Fraud Prevention
It Pays to Protect Yourself from Ransomware.
Think of ransomware as digital ‘kidnapping’ of device files. Criminals install malware that makes your information unusable until you pay a ransom for them to decrypt your data. The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) provides a list of steps you can take now to help keep your information from being ‘snatched’ by cyber thieves.
Learn more at: Tips and Tactics: Ransomware | NIST.gov
Fraud Alert: Smishing
Bank of Labor wants to inform you of two scams (known as “smishing” and “vishing”) that are on the rise.
Smishing involves fraudsters sending text messages containing a link that look as though they have been sent by the bank. Once the link is selected, fraudsters call pretending to be from the bank (this is known as “vishing”) and ask for online banking credentials (login ID/Password) and the One Time Passcode sent to your phone.
Bank of Labor will never ask you to provide this information through a text, email, or phone call. Be extremely cautious when responding to text messages, emails and phone calls that ask for personal information and/or banking credentials/account numbers.
Customer Account Security.
Banks go to great lengths to ensure the security of customer accounts but there are measures customers themselves can also take to further reduce risk of any account fraud. Here are 5 tips from AARP® to help improve your account security: How to Prevent Bank Fraud and Secure Your Bank Account (aarp.org)
Brush up on School Safety Tips.
SchoolSafety.gov is a government program created to provide guidance and resources to help keep school communities safe. The website includes information on how schools and families can prevent, mitigate, respond to, and recover from a range of school safety threats, hazards, and emergency situations.
Learn more at: Find School Safety Resources | SchoolSafety.gov
Tips to Avoid Scams Targeting the Elderly.
Financial predators often zero-in on older adults. But Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s free “Money Smart for Older Adults” can help older adults, family caregivers and others outsmart and fight back against financial exploitation.
AARP also offers tips on how to recognize and report elder abuse fraud:
Protecting Yourself Against Consumer Fraud | AARP
Slam Email Scams.
The federal agency CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency) offers tips to help rescue you from email scams plus seven steps you can follow to zap other villainous email fraud attempts you may encounter down the road.
FBI Releases 2021 Internet Crime ReportIn the past year, there’s been a 7% increase in internet crime with close to 6.9 billion in reported losses, according to the FBI’s recently released 2021 Internet Crime Report The top three cyber crimes reported by victims in 2021 were phishing scams, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and personal data breach. Victims lost the most money to business email compromise scams, investment fraud, and romance and confidence schemes. To report an online crime or view IC3’s annual reports and public service announcements, visit ic3.gov.
Disconnect From Phone ScamsReady to pull the plug on phone scammers? The Federal Trade Commission offers tips to help you recognize phone fraud and steps you can take to disconnect yourself from future phone fraudsters: Phone Scams | FTC Consumer Information
Cupid or Con Artist?Romance scams have been going on for centuries but online and mobile technology have helped spur a record number of cases in recent years. Scam artists create a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust. Then Rotten Romeos (and Lawless Lolitas) use the illusion of a romantic or close relationship to manipulate and/or steal from the victim. The FBI offers tips on how to spot and steer clear of romance scams: Romance Scams | FBI
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