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Phishers & Scammers & Taxes, Oh My!
Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
— Benjamin Franklin
It’s that time of year — tax season. Regardless of whether you owe or are expecting a refund, there is one thing we all should be looking out for: people who want to take your money. This is a good time of year to remember one of the least technical, but certainly one of the most dangerous aspects of our industry, social engineering.
Whether by email through a phishing scheme or via telephone and fear, there is a possibility that you will be contacted in an attempt to access your IRS records, or pushed to send money to an unauthorized, but reputable sounding party.
Here are just some of the potential social engineering scams you might see:A tax company appears... read more >
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
It’s that time of year again where the days grow shorter, the wind starts picking up, and the temperatures start dropping (and if you’re one of my neighbors, it also means swapping your Halloween decorations for Christmas lights. But I digress). The holiday season is just around the corner, and so are opportunities to ruin your holiday cheer. With a little caution, you can save yourself from a big headache. Below are my top tips on how to stay safe this holiday season:
Virtual credit cards – If you’re tech-savvy enough to be reading this blog, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with online shopping. Many credit cards come with an option to generate a short-term virtual credit card number associated with your main account. While we would all like to believe our information is safe with big name companies,...
Four threats to be aware of this holiday season
When thinking about the period between November through the end of December, joyful thoughts of mouth-watering turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and (my personal favorite) stuffing, tend to come to mind. Let’s not forget about those Black Friday, Cyber Monday and holiday deals we are anxiously awaiting and hunting for. Once the deals are found, shoppers create stampedes at local stores to buy the intended items by swiping away at every credit/debit card system needed.
If you like to avoid the chaos, maybe you prefer entering your credit/debit card’s 16-digits, expiration date and CSV code into online shopping sites during Cyber Monday? Either way, with cybercrime on the rise and recent research making cyber news headlines, we should take a step back to ensure that our shopping process does not have negative results by reviewing a little bit of what has been going on, and how it could impact you during or after holiday shopping. Four scams to watch out for during this... read more >
CEO fraud cost more than $1 billion worldwide
Last week, the FBI released an alert warning businesses about Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams that are a growing threat to businesses worldwide. Also known as “CEO fraud,” these scams target business executives in attempts to initiate unauthorized wire transfers. Losses to individual victims range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars. The FBI figures suggest that the average loss per victim is $100,000.
Losses from these scams, however, can be significantly more. Blogger Brian Krebs reports that Ubiquiti Networks reported a $46.7 million loss because of a BEC scam. In another scam, an Omaha, Nebraska-based company with 800 employees lost $17.2 million after a company executive wired money overseas after receiving emails ordering the transfers.
BEC scams are nothing new. The FBI began keeping statistics on them in 2013.Since the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) began tracking BEC scams in late 2013,... read more >
If the spam I received actually portrayed my daily life
I find that I have to tolerate my junk email. I feel like I get so much of it. I have not checked statistics lately, but for me, probably something on the order of 90% of the email I get is spam. I can’t help but wonder, though, what someone would think if they had no concept of “spam?” If they thought that the email I receive actually portrayed an accurate picture of me…
According to my spam
I make $6000 a month working at home as an autopilot, and using an action packed 12 page guide, I have discovered just how affordable real estate can be. At least when I am not busy on one of my many woodworking projects. I credit my creative money making philosophy and my early retirement to brain smart supplements and clinically proven creative thinking from the Utah Coalition for... read more >