Monday, January 30, 2023

Scammers Weekly: Small scale cyber attacks

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(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

Southside Daily has partnered with AARP to raise awareness about scams people need to watch out for.

A scam will be featured every Wednesday, so be sure to always check wydaily.com and be in the know.

Here’s this week’s scam:

If you do business with a national retailer or bank, chances are you’ve had your identity compromised at one time or another. These large-scale cyber-attacks have unfortunately become commonplace, but it’s important to know criminals are trying just as hard to hack you as they are big corporations, according to AARP.

Personal cyber-attacks can come in the form of malicious attachments that steal personal information from your computer. They can also come in the form of email attacks, called phishing, appearing to come from a trusted source and asking you to confirm a password or verify personal information.

Be careful online and check your emails for common warning signs like misspellings, generic greetings, free offers or urgent requests for action. Never click on suspicious links and always look up call back numbers rather than relying on those listed in the message.

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network by clicking here or call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877-908-3360 to report a scam or get help if you’ve fallen victim.

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