For Your Safety

It looks like it’s time to remind Internet users and email recipients to be cautious in their online activities. There have been a number of revised scams to include an embedded program which will gather personal information from your computer.  They do this so they can steal your private information while you connect to your financial institution online. Some of them  rely on greed or in some cases theft through your cooperation if you fill out what appears to be an official form. Don’t fall for any notice of sweepstakes wins through the Internet.

Here’s one of them;  COCA COLA COMPANY OFFICIAL AWARD NOTIFICATION

Please don’t be foolish enough to open any attachments to email like this or send a reply.

The next one is rather innocent looking if you do online transactions such as PayPal or checking payment transfer.

The FBI notes there are spam email in circulation which involve a malware payload called “Gameover.” The scheme uses emails supposedly sent from the National Automated Clearing House Association, the Federal Reserve or the FDIC. These messages attempt to trick recipients into clicking on a link to resolve some type of issue with their accounts or a recent ACH transaction. Here are some tips to help you stay safe online:

  • Keep your computer and mobile device updated with the newest operating system updates.
  • Wherever you use a computer be sure it has the latest version of active anti-virus software.
  • When you receive notices that appear to be official, do not click on any embedded links.
  • Go to the actual online account yourself and log in if you have concerns about a received email notice.
  • Remember, banks never request any personal information via email.
  • I select the option in my email account which opens all messages in text only format.
  • Be vigilant in checking your account balances. The sooner you notice and report any type of fraudulent activity, the more likely you’ll be able to be reimbursed for missing funds.

You can post a question here as a comment if you aren’t sure how to choose the right options for protecting your email account. If you want me to respond, be sure to include the name and version of your email client; Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.  I will not ask you for any personal information. If you ever receive a response that appears to be from my blog, it will not be from me if it asks for your private information.

Don’t respond to any type of message which asks for your personal information.
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