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Posted by: | on January 4, 2021
#bumble | #tinder | #pof 9 brand social feeds we loved to follow in 2020 – Dating Scams 101 | romancescams | #scams
As crazy as 2020 was, it was also a year in which brands showed off their creativity. With consumers confined to their homes and smartphones, social media became an important force for brands to connect with consumers—about the pandemic, racial injustice and the 2020 election, among other issues and events. We’ve compiled the best brand social […] View full post on National Cyber Security
Posted by: | on January 2, 2021
Many users find their photos and posts taken down without any clear reason assigned. New Delhi: A 31-year-old artist based in Los Angeles is disputing dating application Bumble›s photo policy after several of her photos were taken down for violating the community guidelines. According to reports, Cali Rockowitz›s had put a photo of herself […] View full post on National Cyber Security
Posted by: | on September 18, 2020
#sextrafficking | Social Media Posts Describing Predators Scrawling Letters and Numbers on Vehicles, Not Proven, Says EPD and HCSO – Redheaded Blackbelt | #tinder | #pof | #match | romancescams | #scams
[Staged photo from the EPD] After receiving multiple people asking if the 1F/1C written in the dust on cars social media posts were real, we reached out the the Humboldt […] View full post on National Cyber Security
Posted by: | on September 9, 2020
A new report shows social media influencers are being increasingly hacked during Coronavirus by scammers looking to con adoring fans out of their money. Influencers are usually attractive models trying […] View full post on National Cyber Security
Posted by: | on August 16, 2020
#sextrafficking | Florida prosecutors charge 17-year-old with sex trafficking 14-year-old girl on social media | #tinder | #pof | #match | romancescams | #scams
_________________________ MIAMI – Prosecutors in South Florida have charged a 17-year-old boy with sex trafficking after he was accused of selling a 14-year-old girl online. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office […] View full post on National Cyber Security
Posted by: | on July 22, 2020
#minorsextrafficking | Crackpot social media theories are now becoming part of the mainstream | #parenting | #parenting | #kids
The logo of Immuni app, a smartphone app to trace the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, is seen on a mobile phone, June 12, 2020. [Photo/Agencies] In a normal year, the […] View full post on National Cyber Security
Posted by: | on January 18, 2020
Millions of seniors depend on their Social Security payments to help them cover their monthly bills, so if that money were to get diverted into the hands of fraudsters, they’d be in big trouble. Unfortunately, retirees are among the most common targets of financial scams — so much so that elder financial abuse has been called “the crime of the 21st century.”
A recent warning from the Social Security Administration (SSA) further drives home this point. The agency is alerting beneficiaries that — in addition to the previously common telephone scams — criminals are now faking documents and emailing them to their targets. Such documents may appear to come from the SSA and may include its official letterhead, which isn’t difficult to replicate. But complying with their instructions could result in a world of financial stress.
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How to spot a Social Security scam
Social Security scams aren’t always easy to identify, but among the first red flags to look out for in any questionable communication are poor spelling and improper grammar. Though the agency is understaffed, it surely has room in its budget for someone to do some proofreading, so if you receive documents under its letterhead that look unprofessional, it’s fair to assume that a criminal is behind them.
Additionally, if you receive a letter that includes any of the following, you can bet it’s a scam:
- Threats of jail time or legal action unless you pay a fine.
- Promises of benefit increases.
- Payment demands, particularly through wire transfer, internet currency, or cash.
If there is a problem with your Social Security account, the SSA will usually send you a letter by mail, not email. It won’t call you up out of the blue. And while you may, in some cases, be asked to make a payment, it will never be via the aforementioned forms.
If you do receive a letter from the SSA and you’re not sure it’s legitimate, call the agency back at its main number — (800) 772-1213 — and speak to a live person. And if you get an email that’s clearly suspicious, don’t just delete it — report it. The same holds true for phone scams. While you shouldn’t engage the person on the other end of the line, you should report the incident to the SSA. There’s a dedicated online form that makes that simple to do.
It’s also a good idea to create a “my Social Security” account on the SSA’s website so you can easily keep tabs on your own benefits. This is an especially wise move if you’re not ready to claim Social Security yet, but are at an age where you would be allowed to — i.e., 62 or older. If a criminal files a benefit claim on your behalf, your later legitimate application may get rejected. But if you’re following the activity on your account, you’ll be able to take action to counter the scammer sooner.
Remember, just because you’re savvy enough to avoid falling victim to a Social Security con doesn’t mean everyone is, so report criminals’ behavior when you spot it. You could be saving others from becoming victims later. But on the plus side, with age does come some wisdom. According to a recent Better Business Bureau survey, it’s millennials — not seniors — who are most likely to fall victim to financial scams. Those aged 18 to 24 were more than three times more likely than those 65 and over to lose money to such cons. So maybe you should warn your grandchildren.
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Posted by: | on January 13, 2020
#comptia | #ransomware | Rancocas Valley High School students blocked from social media, but can stream music video – News – Burlington County Times
Federal law requires schools to protect students from inappropriate content. Schools have different standards on what to block, records show.
MOUNT HOLLY — Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter are off-limits.
Apple TV, Amazon Prime and Hulu video are just fine.
At Rancocas Valley Regional High School, cybersecurity systems are set to block student access to social media but allow teens to stream music and video on classroom devices, according to records released after a legal appeal to the New Jersey Government Records Council.
Beginning Nov. 8, this news organization filed open records requests with all Burlington County school districts.
Four months later, on Jan. 10, district officials released the requested information while apologizing for the delay.
“I reviewed the District’s initial response which did not include all of the documents I advised them to produce,” said George M. Morris, attorney for the school district. “Not sure where there was a breakdown in communication.”
Public schools are required by federal law to protect students from inappropriate content.
The information released by area schools districts shows that they have different standards for filtering content, protecting students and staff as well as the equipment financed by taxpayers.
In October, Cherry Hill School District in Camden County discovered some of its computer systems had been locked down and some district computer screens displayed the word “Ryuk,” a term associated with ransomware attacks.
Rancocas Valley is home to some 2,100 students from Eastampton, Hainesport , Lumberton, Mount Holly and Westampton.
In addition to streaming audio and video, Rancocas Valley students are allowed to access shopping, news and media, sports and travel websites, records show. A long list of blocked content includes dating, gambling, pornographic materials, sex education, tobacco, “sports hunting” and “war games.”
So far, records were provided by Bordentown Regional, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Cinnaminson, Delanco, Eastampton, Florence, Lenape Regional, Lumberton, Maple Shade, Medford, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, North Hanover, Palmyra, Riverside, Riverton, Shamong, Southampton, Springfield and Westampton.
Similar records requests are pending with Beverly City, Chesterfield, Edgewater Park, Evesham, Mansfield, the Northern Burlington County Regional School District and Willingboro schools.
Appeals have been filed with the New Jersey Government Records Council.
Under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act, government agency must respond within seven days after receiving a request. Government agencies “must ordinarily grant immediate access to budgets, bills, vouchers, contracts,” according to the records council.
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Posted by: | on December 14, 2019
#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | DEF CON 27, Social Engineering Village, Chris Hadnagy’s ‘SEVillage 10 Year Anniversary: A Look Back’
Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Thanks to Def Con 27 Volunteers, Videographers and Presenters for publishing their superlative conference videos via their YouTube Channel for all to see, enjoy and learn. Permalink The post DEF CON 27, Social Engineering Village, Chris Hadnagy’s ‘SEVillage 10 Year Anniversary: A Look Back’ appeared first […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com
Posted by: | on October 25, 2019
#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Students learn social media safety at FUSD as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Fresno Unified had a special lesson for students this week.
“We want them to understand think before you post,” said Brian Dvorak with the Fresno Unified Education Technology Dept. “Think about your digital etiquette and your digital footprint. Is this something you want to be permanently out there online and a permanent record of your behavior?”
Students learned the importance of protecting their information and being on the lookout for malicious websites. Teachers also discussed managing screen time and being careful about what you put on the web, especially social media.
“It affects other people and it stays with you the rest of your life,” added Dvorak. “When you apply for a job, it may come back to haunt you.”
Today’s lesson focused on cyberbullying and the damage it can have.
“If someone posts something inappropriate, says something about someone, they could get in trouble, because it’s bullying and you really need to watch out for that,” said 7th-grade student Jaden Wondergen.
This is just the start. While all schools had to administer a lesson on the topic this week, they’ll continue to discuss the topic year-round. The curriculum is for students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
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