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October 20, 2022

Student Loan Scam

Beware Student Loan Forgiveness Scams

The release of the student loan debt forgiveness application has caused scammers to take notice.

How does the scam work?

  • They may try to impersonate the U.S. Department of Education or your loan servicer looking to verify your personal information.
  • They may pretend to be a company that will help you get loan forgiveness or debt relief for a fee.

How to keep your info secure

  • Only work with the U.S. Department of Education and your direct loan servicers
  • Never reveal your personal information or account password to anyone regardless of who they claim to be. They will often try to use urgency to make you act.

What else to know

  • The U.S. Department of Education will only contact you via email at the address you provided to them. Anyone who calls you is a scammer.

October 18, 2022

Browser Security Risk

Firefox is now the browser of choice when it comes to cybersecurity.

Here's why.

Hackers and malicious actors can infiltrate all Chromium-based web browsers (Chrome, Edge). These browsers have a feature which allows developers to create custom login pages. While it started as a positive thing, unfortunately, cyber criminals spoof users' normal login screen to capture their data.

    What we're recommending.

    • Make Firefox your browser of choice since it doesn't employ this technology.

    September 29, 2022

    Medical $$ Scam

    Cybercriminals have found a way to scam you when you request a reimbursement from your healthcare provider.

    Watch out for phishing emails that appear to be from a 3-rd party needing verification to complete your reimbursement request.

    If you provide your information, the scammers will use it to redirect those payments to their account.

    Avoid all healthcare scams with these tips! 1. Use MFA to add a layer of security. 2. Watch for alerts that your direct deposit information was changed.
    3. Always contact the payment processor directly rather than clicking on links or calling phone #s provided.

    September 22, 2022

    Zelle Fraud Alert Scam

    Zelle, a popular mobile payment application, has been the latest target by cyber criminals. How does it work?
    Scammers impersonate Zelle and send you what appears to be a fraud alert.
    Then they'll send you a spoofed caller ID so the number also appears valid.
    If you answer the call, they make you think that someone has hacked your Zelle account. When you log into Zelle, the money you send per their directions will go directly into their account.
    What to do?
    If you receive such a text, call Zelle directly instead of responding.
    Don't trust your caller ID because criminals can spoof numbers.
    Finally, be on high alert when you receive texts as it's a favorite way for scammers to infiltrate your financial institutions.

    August 25, 2022

    Callback Scams

    Imagine receiving an email that confirms your paid subscription to a service. Right away you think, "I never meant to subscribe to that service." The email also says that if you'd like to unsubscribe to call this 1-800 number. So you call right away because you want to get this mistaken charge resolved. That's when the cybercriminals collect all your personal information and often ask for remote access to your computer in order to correct the issue. Tips: Always think for an extra second before you take action. Visit the organizations legitimate website and contact them via the phone number provided there rather than in the email. Never allow remote desktop access to anyone but your It manager or helpdesk.

    August 18, 2022

    Phishing Tricks

    Do you rely on spam filters? Cybercriminals have found a way to bypass the best spam filters by sending emails from real PayPal accounts (created by them). They generate invoices in an attempt to scam you. That means these emails will show up in your inbox. 1. Don't rely on your spam filters. Instead be aware that any email (regardless of the vendor) could be spam. 2. Verify the legitimacy of invoices by contacting the vendor directly.

    April 15, 2022

    The Latest Scam is "Vishing"

    Is that Europol calling to tell you that your data has been stolen? Probably not, according to the latest cyber security intelligence. Read on to learn what's happening and how to avoid this scam.

    January 10, 2022

    CT Attorney General Announces New Cyber Breach Reporting Form

    Click here to access the online form if you need to report a data breach. Such reporting is now required by law.

    February 8, 2022

    9 Small Business Cybersecurity Trends You Need to Know About in 2022

    Read this article to learn about how small businesses are being affected by cybercriminals this year.

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