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Screen-exclamationDirector of Homeland Security Chris Rodriguez issued advises to keep your seniors safe this holiday season, especially when cybercriminals are getting sophisticated these days. Most seniors were victimized by phone frauds when criminals pose as credit card reps asking for Social Security number and other details, targeting millions of health and personal records.

Stories about stealing information and healthcare personal info have been reported – all through similar sources, phone calls. The agency raises campaigns to educate seniors about such fraud activities and advise them not to disclose any information through phones. These campaigns have been launched in public forums for more audience.

Source: North Jersey

Scams Tracking-Site Launched

Better Business Bureau (BBB) has launched its latest website, BBB Scam Tracker, where consumers and businesses identify and report suspicious scammers nearby. The website collects data and links them to law forces to put scammers down.

BBB also encourages online users to verify any request of personal information while discouraging them from opening suspicious links and unsolicited emails. The group also discourages users from falling into money wiring activities that promise impossible amount of money.

Users are advised to report any scam incident. If personal information is compromised, immediately consult your credit report for any unfamiliar transaction or contact the police and the Federal Trade Commission.

Source: Blog Credit

Dumbarton and the Vale’s police department issued practical advices for its residents on how to avoid fraudsters and scammers like mystery sale offers, card skimming, and fraud callers.

To avoid fraud, residents are encouraged to avoid doorstep conmen who pressure people on buying overpriced items, the pretending workmen maintenance who can rob you at home, subscription traps like ‘free’ trials, and loopholes in computer products.

It also important to safeguard personal information, create strong passwords and use separate ones in different accounts. Make sure to check financial statements and report any suspicious transaction. Lastly, shred any personal or financial documents when disposing them.

Source: Dumbaton Reporter

globe2Online money scam has become more sophisticated overtime – especially in the digital age nowadays. Home settlement, a huge family investment is now being used as the latest online money scam bycyber thieves.This works by a cybercriminal sending an email to the person doing a home settlement with different set of instructions, directing the client to wire the money to a separate account. And before the client knows it, he has wired a ton of money to a thief’s account.

Every client can avoid to be victimized by this fraud by not sending delicate information such as financials over the email and verifying everything before wiring any money to any account. Always clean up your email for any pattern that can hook a hacker. Change your password regularly and install an updated anti-virus. Lastly, report any case.

Source: Washington Post

globe2According to HM Revenue and Customs or HMRC, almost 51,000 fraud emails have been reported by taxpayers between the months of April and July. This statistic is twice the number reported on the same period during the previous year. Because of this, the taxman has given a warning about fraudsters’ increased efforts during this tax credit season. The frauds were mostly “phishing” emails, text messages, and websites. These are intended to trick people into providing sensitive information such as account numbers, passwords, banks details, etc. Also, some emails claim to originate from a tax credit agent or include hyperlinks to fictitious government websites.  To read the full story, go to Western Daily Press.

Source: Western Daily Press

Computer-Warning2It is never a guarantee that you get a hundred per cent safe on the internet. Even with the complexities of the security measures placed on online payment channels, there are still vulnerabilities and risks involved in the process. With any transaction made online, especially with shopping on seemingly secure websites, you give silent permission for others to invade your privacy and security.

It is best to manage financial accounts with caution. Internet connections used should be secure; passwords should be treated with extra care, social media platform posts should be minimal, and a secure network should be used at all times.

Source: TweakTown

security1An online banking malware has been infecting South Korean users by tricking them into applications or tools that look very similar to legal online banking tools revealed a Chinese mobile security company, Cheetah Mobile. This malware is swapping itself in place of legal online banking tools, and as a result, it has infected thousands of SK devices in one week.  It revealed that such malware are cloaking itself as legitimate third party software. Check out the full story from the source.

Source: PC World