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Tech Alerts

Easter Holiday Phishing Scams And Malware Campaigns

March 31, 2018

As the Easter holiday approaches, NCCIC/US-CERT reminds users to be aware of potential holiday scams and cyber campaigns, which may include emails and ecards from unknown senders that may contain malicious links, fake advertisements or shipping notifications with attachments infected with malware, and spoofed email messages and phony posts on social networking sites requesting support for fraudulent causes.

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IC3 Issues Alert On Tech Support Fraud

March 29, 2018

The Internet Crime Complaint Center has released an alert on tech support fraud. Tech support fraud involves criminals claiming to provide technical support to fix problems that do not exist. Their methods include placing calls, sending pop-ups, engaging misleading lock screens, and sending emails to entice users to accept fraudulent tech support services. Users should not give control of their computers or mobile devices to any stranger offering to fix problems.

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Russian Government Cyber Activity Targeting Energy, Other Critical Infrastructure Sectors

March 16, 2018

This joint Technical Alert is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This alert provides information on Russian government actions targeting U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors.

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Phone Scams Pose Serious Threat; Remain On IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Of Tax Scams

March 6, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers to be careful with continuing aggressive phone scams as criminals pose as IRS agents in hopes of stealing money. These continuing phone calls remain a major threat to taxpayers and remain on the annual IRS "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2018 filing season.

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Phishing Schemes Make IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Of Tax Scams For 2018

March 6, 2018

Following continuing threats to taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service yesterday listed email “phishing” schemes as a top filing season concern and part of the annual listing of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2018. The IRS warned taxpayers, businesses and tax professionals to be alert to fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information.

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National Consumer Protection Week

March 5, 2018

March 4–10 is National Consumer Protection Week, an event to encourage people and businesses to learn more about avoiding scams and understanding consumer rights. During NCPW, the Federal Trade Commission and its partners highlight free resources to help protect consumers.

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FTC Releases Article On Choosing VPN Apps For Mobile Phones

February 23, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued guidance to consumers considering using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for their mobile phones. Some mobile phone users choose to use VPNs to shield the information on their phones when using public Wi-Fi networks.

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IC3 Issues Alert on Increase in W-2 Phishing Campaigns

February 22, 2018

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert on the increase in W-2-related phishing campaigns. Fraudsters often use tax-related phishing emails to get victims to provide personally identifiable information, click on a malicious link, or pay a ransom.

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