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A man hid in the back of his former girlfriend’s minivan, then suddenly popped up and assaulted her before abducting their young daughters in Cottage Grove on Friday, police said. […] View full post on National Cyber Security

#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Cottage Grove Sentinel | Building a Digital Defense Against Medicare Scams

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More and more companies are offering services to test your DNA, allowing you to explore your genetic heritage. Eastern European? Chilean? Something super exotic that you never even considered as part of your ancestry? These tests can be spendy, though, so when someone offers you a special deal to do the testing for free, it sounds like a good deal. Scammers know this and have concocted a new scheme to steal your personal information.  

Our friends at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are receiving reports that callers, claiming to be from Medicare, are asking for personal information, such as Social Security or Medicare numbers, in exchange for a “free” DNA testing kit. The fraudster may make a convincing argument by claiming that the test is a “free way” to get an early diagnosis for diseases like cancer. However, the truth of the matter is that Medicare does not market DNA testing kits to the general public.  

Here are some tips on what you can do to avoid being a victim: 

  • If an alleged “government agency” demands personal information or payment, you can be sure it is a scam.  

  • Don’t rely on caller ID. Scammers can make it appear as if they were calling from a government-affiliated number.  

  • Never give anyone who randomly calls you information such as your bank account, credit card, Medicare or Social Security number. Scammers can use this information to either steal your identity and your money.  

  • You can report Medicare imposters at 1-800-MEDICARE and ftc.gov/complaint.  

As always, if you have been the victim of this online scam or any other cyber fraud, can also report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.  

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High-school basketball roundup: Bapst’s shot in final seconds lifts Grove City

Grove City 42, Dublin Coffman 40: Nick Bapst hit a leaner in the lane with 4.5 seconds remaining and Grove City upset third-seeded Dublin Coffman in a Division I district semifinal boys basketball game at Marysville last night.

A driving shot by Coffman’s CJ Saunders in the final second was blocked out of bounds by Robbie Jobe. With 0.5 of a second placed back on the clock, Coffman’s ensuing inbounds pass was batted away by Kyle Laffin to end it.

Bapst scored 23 points to lead the 15th-seeded Greyhounds (17-8), who led for most of the way. Saunders had 18 for Coffman (22-2).

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Verona-Cedar Grove Editorial: Parents should be aware of teen drug use

Have you ever wondered if your child was hiding something from you?

We’re not talking about a bad grade or even a piece of jewelry that was used without your permission. We’re specifically referring to drug and alcohol use.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the idea has popped into your mind. There’s way too much news about the increase of drug and alcohol use among teens for such a notion to never come into play. Luckily for parents, there’s an upcoming program hosted by the Verona Municipal Alliance that aims to help those who might have a problem.

Later this month, parents (and any adult who works with children) will be able to participate in a free event dubbed “Hidden in Plain Sight.

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