Scams

Job & Employment Scams

We all use the internet to find jobs. However, not all jobs listed are legitimate, even on job boards. (Many job boards allow employers to post jobs directly and administrators of job sites may not catch scam postings immediately.) Does the job sound too good to be true? It may be a scam. These scams can result in identity theft, loss of money, and more.

So, how do you know when you have found a scam? Here are some things to look for, adapted from symplicity™:

Fraud Posting Red Flags

What are the red flags in job postings? Symplicity has... ...

Identity Theft

One of the main motives of cybersecurity attacks is identity theft. Identity theft is the deliberate use of someone else’s identity, usually to use credit.

Phishing emails are commonly used to scam account information or install malware that sends information from your device. Be careful what links you click on.

Identity theft doesn’t just happen online. Discarded bank statements, bills, receipts, and old hard drives are also used by identity thieves.

Victims

If you think you have been a victim of identity theft, take action immediately. Contact any credit card issuers and financial institutions with... ...

March - Mobile Device Madness

Mobile devices, particularly smartphones, have become significantly popular, more so than computers and perhaps any other communication device. We all carry them everywhere we go, every day at all times. From using Facebook to checking our bank accounts or saving our schedules in their agendas, we use mobile devices for all kinds of tasks, which is basically what makes them so useful, as both a work and entertainment tool. However, something we hardly ever realize is that they are not always designed with security in mind and therefore, they are not always as secure as most computers, and with the... ...

February - Phebruary Phishing

It’s Ph(F)ebruary! The perfect time to learn all you need to know to avoid the incessant phishing scams that infest the Internet. Just as there are so many things going on every day in the cyberspace, and new and exciting ways of communicating with the world emerge all the time, phishers find a way to be present everywhere too. From e-mail and social networking sites to online games, dating websites and apps, you might come across a scam, and because cybercriminals have become so good at making them, sometimes phishing scams can appear so real that you might easily fall... ...

December – Scams & Hoaxes

December – Scams & Hoaxes

The last month of 2014 has arrived. December is full of joy because the holidays’ spirit is around all month. There is a long break from classes and its Christmas time! Unfortunately, this is also the reason why it’s become scamming season as well. The generous nature of these holidays makes all of us the perfect target of scams and hoax.

From emails to ads and websites, there all kinds of scams and hoaxes infesting the Internet’s waters. Falling for any of them is as easy as one click away. The only way to stay... ...