As you surf the web, it can be difficult to ignore all of the ads and free trial offers that websites throw at you. A newer version of an old scam uses similar messaging, but now targets it to businesses that are trying to pivot in today’s work-from-home world.
Virtual meetings are literally saving jobs right now, so it’s understandable why adoption rates are soaring. Back in March, many companies found themselves requiring a new online meeting solution. But with the immediacy of the need, some companies overlooked user best practices that help keep security tight. For instance, have you ever seen anonymous participants on sensitive calls? Often these people were invited and they just chose to login differently, but what if the person who joined wasn’t invited in the first place? And have you ever been finishing up a call as new participants begin joining in–because the access code is the same?
Desktop support scams aren’t new, but they’re capitalizing on the confusion and unease that some workers feel while working from atypical environments. Fortunately, these are easy to spot since they most often start with a pop-up on your computer. One of the most tell-tale signs of a scam is that the warning appears within your internet browser, not from installed software. Victims often report the pop-up imitating a blue error screen or the imitation of a trusted antivirus software brand.
It can be exciting to get a piece of mail or a phone call with “you’re a winner” jumping out at you. But the FTC warns Americans to be careful about who you respond to. A common scam offers you an increased chance to win if you pay a fee (kind of like purchasing extra tickets in a raffle). Other scams announce that you won a foreign sweepstakes or lottery, and requests that you wire money or send a check to a well-known company in order to ensure delivery. Impostors posing as the FTC and other official-sounding government agencies have been reported as well. The goal each and every time is to get you to send money in exchange for an amazing prize or a better chance at winning one.
Since much of the American business landscape is choked by mandatory quarantines and social restrictions, debt consolidation scams are increasing. These scams are most often reported as cold calls. Scammers call you out of the blue to offer sham “guarantees” which are supposed to get you out of debt quickly and cleanly. Some ask for an upfront fee, then take your money and run. Others will string you along, collecting payments and making promises while you fall farther behind on delinquent accounts. Student loan debt is another hot area under attack, so let your family members know to be suspicious of any loan relief offer.
Call scams are not a new thing, but more are surfacing to prey on people who want to help communities affected by the pandemic. This charity call scam impersonates genuine charities and fake ones that have a “dummy” profile online. These scams not only steal your money, but they divert much needed funds from legitimate causes. These fake charities often apply pressure or try to make potential victims feel guilty for not donating.
The United States’ Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received more than 17,000 complaints from U.S. consumers who reported total losses in excess of $13 million from COVID-19 related scams. Most crimes reported fall under a rather broad category of fraud with 9,634 complaints with 46.4% of them reporting a loss. It’s safe to say that the official figures don’t paint the whole picture, however, as many scams go unreported. Scams have included impersonation of local and international health authorities such as the World Health Organization, as well as creating bogus online shops to sell non-existent face masks.
In the latest COAVID-19 scam, fraudsters are impersonating financial institutions to steal from Americans who are expecting stimulus checks from the US federal government. To soften the economic blow dealt by the virus, the US Senate approved a $2 trillion stimulus package on March 25. Attackers created a convincing email and landing page that appeared to come from a major financial institution. The email sent by the attackers claims that this financial institution has placed the funds on hold until the user can sign in and ‘verify account ownership’.
Born and raised in Michigan, Jerrod moved here from Arizona in November 2013 to be our Service Coordinator, but his dedication to excellent customer service soon saw him promoted through roles and now he is our Supply Chain Manager. Jerrod’s excellent attention to detail, ability to predict needs, and his knack to create and maintain great business relationships makes him a perfect fit. In addition to being our Supply Chain Manager, Jerrod is also our impromptu handyman, often fixing mechanical […]