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Beware of fake calls from COVID-19 scammers, Metro Health warns | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Beware of Possible Coronavirus Related Scams – NBC10 Philadelphia

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The coronavirus pandemic isn’t only a threat to your health. It could open you up to a scam. Law enforcement and cyber security experts are warning of potential schemes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are telling local police departments to beware of CDC impersonators. The CDC warns schemers may go door-to-door claiming to be from the organization. Several local police departments are getting the word out on social media.

Camden County Police Detective Maria Rivera wants residents to beware of the potential threat.

Unfortunately, this is the world we live in,” she told NBC10 Responds. “The CDC has not given approval to anyone to go to anyone’s home and request any type of health information or personal information or any of your credentials.”

According to Rivera, if someone comes to your home for this reason, close the door and call police.

Scammers are also hiding behind computer screens.

“Now they’re really doubling down,” cybersecurity expert Mark Ostrowski said.

With more people working from home, Ostrowski is concerned hackers may look for weaknesses in a company’s remote network.

“Change your passwords, lock down your Wi-Fi so that you know which users are connected because that plays a big role,” Ostrowski said.

According to Ostrowski, hackers will likely target areas with larger clusters of coronavirus cases. He warns personal and work mobile devices are also vulnerable.

“People don’t often think about, you know, adding security software to the mobile device,” Ostrowski said. “And that’s something that’s going to have to change.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities is warning of financial scams. It warns: don’t share your financial information with anyone who calls you unsolicited. If someone contacts you with a “limited time offer” and applies pressure tactics, don’t take the bait. Finally, be cautious of any offer that guarantees a high rate of return with little risk.

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Beware of phishing bait, Tech News & Top Stories

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

As you get ready to welcome 2020, be mindful there will be threats aplenty in the coming year.

Topping the threat list are phishing attacks. Phishing is a cybercrime in which scammers send you a malicious message while impersonating someone you know or trust, such as your colleague, relative, bank or telco.

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Disputes, Issue 1: Cybercrime: beware the business email compromise

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Over the past three years, the “business email compromise” has become one of the most common, vexing, and financially injurious forms of cybercrime. On any given day, companies around the world and across industry sectors are finding themselves the victim, the pawn or both in cybercrime […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

Beware: #Tax season #brings out #scammers

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It’s the robotic message that leads to a call with the pushy auditor, the threatening agent. It’s the out of the ordinary message from the slightly inaccurate email address.

It’s all part and parcel of the least wonderful time of the year: tax fraud and identity theft season.

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“What we historically see during filing season is an uptick in fraud,” said Steven Osborne, special agent in charge of the Internal Revenue Service in Colorado. Osborne’s office is urging Colorado residents to be cautious of several different types of schemes this year.

One typical scheme involves potential victims receiving a “robo-call” from a computer-generated voice. Often the robo-call will inform the target of a “claim number,” and a call-back number that will put the would-be victim on the phone with a real person.

“It’s a low-sophistication scam, if you will,” Osborne said. “Their success rate is low, but they don’t need a high success rate.”

The real person will often claim to be an IRS employee or an agent. Recently, however, Osborne has heard of impersonators referring to themselves as “special agents,” which shows that the scammers have taken time to learn that special agents work criminal cases in the IRS’ structure.

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Buyers, beware: Credit-card scheme gaining steam in NE Pennsylvania

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The latest technological scheme gaining traction in Northeastern Pennsylvania strikes victims where it hurts most — their bank accounts. Credit-card skimmers are small, sometimes hard-to-recognize devices that criminals plant at gas station pumps, ATMs, self-checkouts or any unattended place that someone might swipe their credit or debit card. The devices…

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Beware of letters that promise to deliver lower property taxes

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If you are like me, you recently received your county tax assessment, giving you an idea of whether your property taxes will increase. Most counties mail tax assessments each spring. Scammers are often close behind, posing as government programs that claim to be able to lower your taxes — for…

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Beware the conmen trying to part you from your cash

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Hackers hit Amazon.com! Beware of fake deals

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Before you make your next Amazon purchase, please be aware that not everything you can buy on its site is sold or fulfilled by Amazon directly. The Amazon Marketplace is also populated with third-party sellers that sell and ship their … The post Hackers hit Amazon.com! […]

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