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Category Archives: Cybersecurity

LinkedIn Scams Posted on Jun 6

LinkedIn Scams

Almost 470 million members share their personal information and professional details on LinkedIn to market themselves to potential employers. That‘s why it’s important to keep an eye out for suspicious people reaching out to you, as scammers use the service to target unsuspecting job seekers. Scammers   …Continue Reading LinkedIn Scams

Google Phishing Scam Posted on May 8

Google Phishing Scam

  The unusual worm that landed in the mailboxes of Google’s Gmail users last week was a sophisticated identity phishing scam that quickly spread to various other contacts. Scammers were able to get users to open a malicious link using one the oldest tricks in   …Continue Reading Google Phishing Scam

“You’ve Got Mail-Scams” Posted on May 5

“You’ve Got Mail-Scams”

  As of February, Verizon discontinued providing Verizon.Net email service. The company partnered with AOL and gave their customers 30 days to choose one of three options: switch over to AOL, transfer their email to a different provider (such as Gmail or Hotmail) or do   …Continue Reading “You’ve Got Mail-Scams”

PayPal Phishing Scam Posted on May 3

PayPal Phishing Scam

  The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is warning consumers of a new PayPal phishing scam. Fraudsters are sending out convincing, sophisticated e-mails which feature the PayPal logo and fine print at the bottom to further the appearance of being legitimate. The message   …Continue Reading PayPal Phishing Scam

Internet Privacy Posted on Apr 28

Internet Privacy

  Legislation recently signed by the President repeals rules created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would have required internet service providers (ISPs), such as Comcast, Charter, and Verizon, to receive permission before collecting your data. Proponents of the bill say the FCC’s definition   …Continue Reading Internet Privacy

The Form W-2 Scam: When it’s OK to Say No to your Boss Posted on Feb 23

The Form W-2 Scam: When it’s OK to Say No to your Boss

Tax season is here. Unfortunately, this also means tax season scams are here and we’ve got the proof. Our office has received several data security breach notifications since the start of 2017 from companies that have fallen victim to the Form W-2 scam.   How does this   …Continue Reading The Form W-2 Scam: When it’s OK to Say No to your Boss

Need help with your Facebook account? Don’t call customer service! Posted on Feb 2

  When you purchase something and it doesn’t work as expected or you paid a bill but it hasn’t cleared, a phone call to customer service is often the key to achieving a positive resolution. However, when a company doesn’t have a customer service department   …Continue Reading Need help with your Facebook account? Don’t call customer service!

Scammers Are Phishing For Lawyers Posted on Jan 30

  The Board of Bar Overseers (BBO), the administrative body responsible for conducting investigations into complaints filed against lawyers, recently sent notice alerting Bar members of two e-mail scams that have been targeting attorneys. One of the scams affects real estate closings. According to the   …Continue Reading Scammers Are Phishing For Lawyers

Data Privacy Series: Spoofing Posted on Nov 18

Data Privacy Series: Spoofing   What is Spoofing? Spoofing is a general term for tricking or deceiving. In the context of consumer data privacy, spoofing usually refers to email or caller ID spoofing. Spoofing is closely related to phishing and is sometimes used synonymously. How   …Continue Reading Data Privacy Series: Spoofing