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Social Engineering: the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information for fraudulent purposes.
Recently, US Citizens voter data was improperly stored and freely available on the internet. Information included birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers, political views and more. This type of data can easily be used for nefarious purposes, from identity fraud to harassment or intimidation of people who hold an opposing political view. The hackers can easily send highly personalized phishing attacks to you, looking like something totally legit.
At this point, from here on out, treat any email you get at your home or office with a healthy dose of suspicion and ask yourself if it could be a scam. Do not click on links in emails and do not open attachments you did not ask for.
Remember, Think Before You Click!
For more information on Social Engineering and how to protect yourself click here.
FBI Releases Article on Romance Scams02/14/2017 11:01 PM EST
Original release date: February 14, 2017 The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article addressing the rise of Internet romance scams. In this common type of fraud, cyber criminals target victims, gain their confidence, and trick them into sending money. To stay safer online, review the FBI article on Romance Scams and US-CERT publication ST06-003 on staying safe on social networking sites. Please file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center if you believe you have been the victim of a romance scam.
Fraud Alert vs Credit Freeze
AllClear-ID has posted an interesting article on choices you may make when you believe that you may be a victim of credit fraud. AllClear-ID is one of several vendors that assist in credit monitoring. https://www.allclearid.com/blog/fraudalerts-and-credit-freezes Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company does notendorse this vendor over any other company providing this type of service.