No matter how old or young we are, using computers has become a part of our daily lives. We use computers for everything from online banking, paying bills, booking vacations to purchasing movie tickets etc.. Even though computers make our lives convenient, they also come with a risk.
We have all heard the horror stories associated with identity theft. How hard it is or how much the victim has to go through to get their life back to normal. Unfortunately those with criminal intent are hard at work seeking for victims online. I would like to share with you some information I received from Palm Beach Gardens Police Department about an ongoing scam.
They are seeing a big increase in email scams lately, as well as viruses delivered by clicking links in emails or opening attachments in emails. The viruses are designed to steal your passwords and logins, such as to your bank account etc.. To keep yourself safe; DO NOT click any unknown links in emails and attachments. Even if you receive an email that appears to be from your bank or from some business that you routinely work with, DO NOT click the link in the email.
Many of these are spoofed emails, designed to look like the real thing but will actually lead you to a web site that gives you a virus or steals your information. Instead open your web browser and go to their web site yourself. For example, if you bank with Washington Mutual, and you receive an email from Washington Mutual that says you must click a link in the email to login and resolve some problem; DO NOT click the link. Instead open your web browser and type in www.washingtonmutual.com to go directly to the Washington Mutual web site and resolve the issue. This way you are sure that you are going to the proper web site and you’re much less likely to get a virus or have your information stolen. The bad guys often try to make the problem sound urgent to get you to click the link quickly without thinking. Do not fall for these tactics.
As your security provider we are committed to our pledge to provide community safety and awareness. Sharing information is vital, remember never hesitate to call security. The smallest piece of information may be the biggest part of the solution.
Remember to report any suspicious persons and activity to security at 627-1600. Whenever you leave your home – no matter for how long – always lock yours doors and set your alarm. Being a proactive community will make the most significant difference.