From pilfering personal information to package theft, there’s no shortage of fraudsters having their names added to the naughty list this time of year. Learn what to watch out for so you can keep the holidays merry and bright.
2020 was a year of extremes on many fronts. But just focusing on storm fronts, experts tell us the US experienced 22 separate billion-dollar weather-related disasters last year. At this writing, the Insurance Council of Texas anticipated that the state’s…
Category: Financial, Liability, Prevention
Tags: Contractor fraud, federal trade commission, home improvement scams, liability coverage, licensed contractor, national insurance crime bureau, NICB, public insurance adjusters, references, scammers, sham contractor, storm chasers, written contract
As if a global pandemic isn’t bad enough, fraudsters are trying to take advantage of this tragedy by scamming the general public. Former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in regards to these scams, “A pandemic is a time when…
With coronavirus vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and nearing availability to the public, there are potential scammers who will try to capitalize on the rush. To highlight the potential for vaccine-related fraud, the International Criminal Police…
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, especially for scammers. Consumers are typically spending more, doing it quickly, and not paying as much attention to who they’re buying it from because of the rush. With the COVID-19 pandemic,…
Category: Cyber, Prevention, Trusted Choice
Tags: attachments, Black Friday, Black Friday shopping, credit cards, cyber crime, Cyber Monday, cyber security, CyberScout, online banking, online safety, online shopping, phishing, phishing scams, public wi-fi, scammers, secure websites, skimmers, strong password
In relation to my last hurricane blog, Coronavirus Could Complicate Hurricane Season 2020, another complication will be the wave of disaster-related hacking campaigns and scams, according to the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Category: Business, Central, Commercial, Personal, Prevention, Technology, Weather
Tags: attachments, CISA, cyber, cyber security, CyberScout, cybersecurity, fraud alert, fraud emails, fraudulent account, hacker, hacking, hurricane, hurricane season, links, malicious software, mobile security, natural disaster, phishing, scam, scammers, scams, security system, severe weather, social media
Quarantine fatigue is not only sending people to crowded bars. We’re all getting tired of it—call it quaran-tigue—and that could spell trouble on the cybersecurity front.
Category: Business, Central, Commercial, Employees, Home, Personal, Prevention, Technology
Tags: cloud based services, cloud storage, computer, cyber, cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, CyberScout, cybersecurity, data backup, fatigue, firmware, malware, multi-factor authentication, pandemic, phishing, quarantine, quarantine fatigue, scam, scammers, scams, software, work from home, working from home
Cyber-scammers and hackers around the world are working hard right now because they know they have a great opportunity to do what they do best. It’s sad, but scammers are using government relief initiatives to scam people of their money…
Category: Business, Financial, Personal, Prevention
Tags: cyber, cyber crime, cyber criminals, cyber security, cybercrime, CyberScout, personal information, scam, scammers, social security number