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Are your friends and family getting emails from you that you didn’t send? Or maybe you want to check your email, but you can’t log in? Chances are your email’s been hacked. Here’s what to do. The Federal Trade Commission has published a new video that describes the problem and solutions.
You can also download the video directly from the FTC website here.
Transcript of video:
Your friends and family are getting e-mails from you that you didn’t send. Or maybe you want to check your e-mail, but wait, you can’t login. Sound familiar? Chances are your e-mail’s been hacked.
Don’t panic. The situation can be fixed. Start by updating or installing security software from a company you can trust. And set it to update automatically.
Hackers often hijack accounts by infecting your computer with malware. So it’s important to scan your computer first. Delete anything that identifies as suspicious and restart your computer. Now you’re working with a clean slate.
Next, if you can get into your account, change your password. If you use similar passwords for other accounts, change them, too. Passwords are the keys that open your accounts. They have to be memorable for you, but hard for someone else to guess. Some people use software that manages passwords to help create strong passwords and keep track of them.
If you can’t get into your account, check with your e-mail provider to find out how to restore it. Once you’ve got your account back, and check your account settings to make sure no one added any links to your e-mail signature, and that your e-mails aren’t being forwarded to someone else.
Finally, let your family and friends know your e-mail was hacked. Think of it as spreading good computer karma. And they may have some work to do, too. Want to know more about protecting your e-mail from hack attacks? Visit onguardonline.gov.
What does the IRS Scam sound like? Listen to this recording of a typical voicemail and hear for yourself.
Play the audio:
People all over the country have been victimized by these calls. I received this one on my home phone and it is a little different from typical IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Scam calls, Normally, a live person threatens to have them arrested if they don’t pay “back taxes and penalties” using a prepaid card.
Characteristics of this call.
- Was made by a robo-caller instead of a live person.
- Used a computerized voice. This is often done to disguise the caller and eliminate background noise that could give clues about the scam artists.
- Advised that the IRS is initiating a lawsuit against me.
- Provided a “202” area code return phone number instead of a toll-free number. 202 is the area code for Washington D.C. and could trick the recipient into believing the call was made from an actual government agency.
Information from the IRS.
The IRS has information on its website about this widespread scam and steps that citizens can take to avoid it and report it. This scam has become so pervasive that they have frequently repeated the warning with updated information on new variations as they develop.
What we can do.
As we provide crime prevention information, we can make sure to highlight and mention this type of scam. Most people will never fall prey to it if they recognize the key points listed in the IRS attachment. This scam may also come by way of email as well as phone call so we need to remind our audience that the IRS will never call or email them without notifying them by mail first. With just a little bit of warning we can keep our people from falling victim to this scheme.
I provided holiday safety tips for the Volusia County radio program. We focused on staying safe while shopping during the holiday season and ways to protect our homes while we are gone.
|Date:||November 25, 2014|
|Appearance:||Volusia Today Radio Program November 2014|
|Outlet:||WNDB, AM 1150, FM 93.5|
|Location:||Daytona Beach, Florida|
The Volusia Today page is available at: http://www.volusia.org/news/volusia-today-radio.stml
The Toledo Blade: November 23, 2014
With all of the data breaches in the news recently, many people feel like giving up on credit cards and switching to cash. How do you answer the question when someone asks you if it is safe to use credit cards? This article from the Toledo Blade newspaper may help you answer that common query.
Starwood Hotels is rolling out keyless entry to your hotel room using your smart phone. What security implications does this have for crime prevention? Watch this Fox Business video to see how it works.
Did you ever wonder how criminals use stolen credit card information? Here is an eye-opening video from CNN explaining the “Pump and Dump” scheme. Keep your eyes open the next time you fill up your gas tank and see if you spot one of these crimes taking place near you!
Popular free apps could steal information from your smart cell phone and send it to the wrong people. Watch this video clip to see how you can tell if you downloaded one of these apps and which ones are safe.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (ic3.gov) just released the latest national cybercrime statistics for 2013. Included are state-specific breakouts of stats including Florida. You can download your copy here: http://www.ic3.gov/media/annualreport/2013_IC3Report.pdf
The South Florida Crime Prevention Association has provided sign-up information for law enforcement officers to access to a shared website for crime prevention resources. Officer Glenn Roberts of the Coral Springs Police Department offers the following instructions.
Fusion Center Crime Prevention SharePoint Web-site:
LEO’s with existing FC SharePoint access: Go to the attached link: https://region7.fdle.state.fl.us/sites/R7/RegionalLE/SIGLE/cp/Lists/Crime%20Prevention%20Discussion%20Board. If you cannot access the site from this link, please contact either Andrea Ward or Nicole Talerico (see contact e-mails below) at the Fusion Center and they will have this tab added to your sign-in.
LEO and Cleared Agency Personnel without Fusion Center Access: Complete the attached FFCN Application and send it to the FDLE point of contact listed. Next, send an e-mail to one of the following Fusion Center representatives where you will be granted 30-day access while the application is processed:
- Nicole Talerico: TalericoN@pbso.org
- Andrea Ward: WardAL@pbso.org
Community Involvement Access Private Partners and Organizations: Complete the attached FFCN Application and send it to the FDLE contact point listed. You will then be contacted by Fusion Center personnel once the application has been processed for non-sensitive Community Involvement level access.
So far the Fusion Center has already added over 40 presentations/guides, and 30 agency hyperlinks to resources. This project will only be as successful as we make it, so I strongly encourage active participation within our associations. If you have any other questions or issues in reference to the Fusion Center or FDLE credentialing process, see the points of contact listed above. Please feel free to contact me regarding any other questions related to this project.
OFFICER GLENN ROBERTS
Community Involvement – Emergency Management
Coral Springs Police Department
email@example.com • Phone 954-344-1835 • Fax 954-346-1360
City of Coral Springs • 2801 Coral Springs Drive • Coral Springs, Florida 33065
The Florida Department of Education published a very comprehensive manual for reducing crimes in schools. It uses Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies to enhance security and reduce violence and vandalism on campuses.
The Florida Safe School Design Guidelines manual is a free publication from the Florida Department of Education.