Tag: Cybersecurity

Stay safe online by learning cybersecurity best practices and staying informed about common threats.

Local Business

10 Tips to Help Businesses Stay Safe Online

October is National Cybersecurity Month, and our Business Services team has ten tips to help you protect the cybersecurity of your business or nonprofit while online: Set a strong password policy. Passwords should be at least 8 characters long and include numbers, special characters, and a mix of upper and lower cases. Avoid personal or public… Read more »

Beware of Skimmers & Shimmers

Beware of Skimmers & Shimmers

You’ve probably heard about it on your local news over the last few years; criminals caught with equipment that allowed them to capture credit and debit card activity of unsuspecting consumers fueling up at the local gas station or using their cards at other outdoor accessible transaction terminals. These criminals are typically found with cash,… Read more »

Cybersmart

Do Your Part, Be Cybersmart

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In past years, you may have ignored the issue as cybersecurity might have felt like a problem for large companies or an issue for the hero to help solve in a spy movie. But the world is changing, and fast. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the first… Read more »

Social Media Scams

Social Media: Five Scams that Work

Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn and many others can help us connect on a personal and professional level with friends, family, business associates, and causes that allow us to make new connections with others with shared interests. And participation is free to everyone, which has led to an unprecedented use of social media…. Read more »

Child Tax Credit Advance scams

Look Out for Child Tax Credit Advance Scams

Recently, the first payments for the Child Tax Credit Advance from The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 went out to qualified recipients. Shortly after, the IRS warned recipients about an increasing number of social engineering scam attempts. In this scam, fraudsters contact you by phone, text, email, or social media, pretending to be the… Read more »

Scams

Scams: What’s Old is New Again

It happened in the midst of the lockdown. Dan and his family were unable to visit their aging mother due to COVID-19 concerns. While being isolated from her family and friends, Dan’s mother received a phone call. An unknown person convinced her to go to the nearest Dollar General store and purchase $2,000 in gift… Read more »

Digital Wallet

The Rise of Digital Wallets and Contactless Transactions

You are standing in line at the pharmacy, ready to check out. While fumbling around in your purse for cash or a card, you notice the person in front of you has simply scanned their smartphone across the payment card reader. In a flash, they’ve paid for their merchandise and are out the door, leaving… Read more »

What is Home Title Theft?

What is Home Title Theft?

Purchasing a home is a big decision. For most people, it’s the biggest purchase they will make in their lifetime. Plus, a home is so much more than an asset. It’s where we live, raise our children, entertain friends, and feel the most secure and at peace. It’s easy to understand why people would want… Read more »

Vaccine Scams

Protecting Yourself From COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

The recent emergency approval and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines have provided much-needed hope throughout the world. While drug companies, government, and healthcare organizations rush to get the masses vaccinated, unfortunately, but not surprisingly a new threat has developed – COVID-19 related scams. According to FBI Financial Crimes Section Chief Steven Merrill, “We’ve been concerned… Read more »

Tax Fraud

Tax Fraud: The IRS Dirty Dozen List

The Criminal Investigation (CI) unit is a special criminal division of the IRS. The CI is tasked with investigating and uncovering tax-related crimes and prosecuting these cases. Each year the CI provides the IRS an annual report detailing the work of the CI and highlighting their successes and enforcements related to tax and financial crimes…. Read more »