There has been a large increase in the security breaches through the use of e-marketing scams over the past few years. According to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), 2015 has seen the highest amount of scam/spam/and junk email in recorded history. Scam artists have become so proficient at these “campaigns” that it is becoming very difficult to differentiate between legitimate electronic communications and those that are setup to rob you. Even OPA has been affected by this surge of e-scamming. As a precaution the OPA IT Staff would like to give you a few tips and tricks as well as some helpful websites to reduce the possibility of being scammed.
To begin, here is a link to the FTC’s regularly updated list of SCAMS:
Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: they follow the headlines — and the money.
Stay a step ahead with the latest info and practical tips from the nation’s consumer protection agency.
Next, here is a link to an article about 10 useful ways to detected a fraudulent Email:
Every day countless phishing emails are sent to unsuspecting victims all over the world. While some of these messages are so outlandish that they are obvious frauds, others can be a bit more convincing. So how do you tell the difference between a phishing message and a legitimate message? Unfortunately, there is no one single technique that works in every situation, but there are a number of things that you can look for. This article lists 10 of them.
Finally, Download this Guide Book to help you recognize and avoid fraudulent Email:
Email provides us a convenient and powerful communications tool. Unfortunately, it also provides scammers and other malicious individuals an easy means for luring potential victims. The scams they attempt run from old-fashioned bait-and-switch operations to phishing schemes using a combination of email and bogus web sites to trick victims into divulging sensitive information. To protect yourself from these scams, you should understand what they are, what they look like, how they work, and what you can do to avoid them. The following recommendations can minimize your chances of falling victim to an email scam:
We hope that these bits of information will help you avoid scams and fraudulent activity while at OPA and during your personal electronic endeavors.
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