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Online Fraud Is On The Rise
Dated: April 17 2020
The following is a press release from the FBI.
Online scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your identity and money.
Don't let them!
Protect yourselves by doing your research before clicking on a link in that email and text message(yes, they are texting now too).
The FBI is advising you to be on the lookout for the following:
Fake CDC email
Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention or other government entity.
Do not click on any link or open an attachment you do not recognize or trust.
Criminals can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal your personal information and track your online activities.
Phishing Emails and Text messages
Watch out for phishing emails and text messages asking you to verify your contact information, username and passwords or bank account information.
While the talks of stimulus checks are popular today, the IRS will never ask for any of your personal information through email or text message.
Many Frauds are selling products that claim to prevent, treat, cure or diagnose COVID-19. Some of these products are counterfeit N95 respirator masks, fake hand sanitizers, fake protective gloves, fake Personal Protective Equipment(PPE).
If you want to know more about unapproved or counterfeit PPE go here: www.cdc.gov/niosh.
The FBI is reminding you to be vigilant at all times by remembering the following tips on protecting yourself and loved ones from cybercriminals:
- Always verify the sender of the email.
- Do not open any links or attachments from senders you don't recognize
- Never provide your username and password, birth date, social security number, financial data or other personal information in response to an email or text message.
If you believe you have been a victim of an internet scam, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.
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