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This is an audio version of a post I wrote covering the dangers of the Ransomware malware. I included steps you can take to avoid this virus as well as what to do if you find that your computer is infected.
More Jury Duty Scam Phone Calls
The Lee County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office is once again warning its residents about a resurgence in fraudulent phone calls threatening people with arrest using the Jury Duty Scam.
A scammer claiming to be from the “Sheriff’s Office” contacted a resident this week trying to pull off what is known as the “Jury Duty” scam. The male caller identified himself as Lt. John Martin and told the victim a warrant had been issued for her arrest because she failed to respond to a “Grand Jury” summons. The caller told the victim she could avoid being arrested if she paid a $3,996 fine; and instructed her to go to CVS, purchase a Green Dot Money Pack card – also known as a reloadable debit card – and provide him with the serial number located on the back of the card. When the victim told the scammer she did not believe him, he passed the phone to his “Captain”.
Fortunately, the victim did not respond to “Lt. Martin’s” threats and demands; however, the Sheriff’s Office wants residents to know that under NO circumstances would we ever contact you over the phone asking for money and/or threatening arrest for failure to respond to a jury duty summons. It is important to know that in this particular case, the scammer DID use a local phone number and when authorities call the number back, it immediately connects to a voice mail with a message that states, “You have reached the desk of Lt. Martin with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, leave your name, number and a brief message and I will return your call”. The Sheriff’s Office does NOT have an employee by the name of LT. MARTIN and residents should NOT leave a message.
Anyone who receives such a call is advised to simply hang up! You can report this incident to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line at 258-3292.
View the original bulletin: Fraud Alert Jury Duty Scam May 2014
Remind your people:
A key point to reinforce when you warn others about this fraud is to be wary of any caller that requires payment in Green Dot Money Pack cards. These cards are a favorite among criminals because they are virtually untraceable. Remind everyone that if they receive one of these calls they should immediately hang up and call their local police department.
Death by PowerPoint! As Crime Prevention Officers, we usually have to give public presentations regularly as part of our jobs. I’ve had to sit through enough horrible PowerPoint presentations that I swore I would do my best not to bore others to death when I have to give a presentation. That’s why a few years ago I started researching methods to improve my slides when I have to use PowerPoint, or its Apple equivalent Keynote.
One of the more helpful resources I discovered was Nancy Duarte’s book. Among other mistakes, I found I was using too many words on the slides. The chapters on how to reduce word count, restrained text animation, and how to treat your audience were worth the price of the book. I’m still going back and modifying presentations I made before I bought the book so my slides aren’t perfect yet. But they’re better than they were before!
I was a guest on the Marc Bernier Radio Show a few months ago. We discussed cyber safety, the challenges that parents face keeping their children safe on social media and the various types of computer crimes and scams that face us everyday. We also discussed the live Facebook chat event we hosted for parents on cyber safety.
Phone scammers are targeting University of South Florida students based on their social media profiles.
The bottom line:
- We need to constantly remind our people to be careful about the amount of information they include on their social media profiles.
- Warn them to immediately call their local police department if they receive a phone call like this.
Can’t see the video? Follow this link to the original page on Channel 9 News.
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Ransomware is a type of malware (malicious software) that is making its way into computers around the state and internationally. Reveton is described by the FBI as a computer virus that is designed to lock a user’s computer until the victim pays a “ransom” to the crook using a prepaid money service card.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued an alert for one of the many variations that claims it is from the FBI. It locks the victim’s computer and displays a message saying that the user’s Internet address was identified by the FBI or the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as having been associated with child pornography sites or other illegal online activity. To unlock their machines, users are required to pay a fine to the FBI. Of course, the FBI never contacts anyone in this manner. [Read more…]
Our friends at the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office are warning their citizens about the “Jury Duty” scam.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line has received reports this week of unscrupulous individuals posing as representatives from the U.S. District Court attempting to obtain personal information and cash from residents in a scam known as the “Jury Duty” scam. Here’s how the scheme works: [Read more…]
Links to resources mentioned during the Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner Update class have being added. The latest available statistics have been placed in the PowerPoint presentation and the revised slides have been uploaded. A link to the latest complete iC3 annual report is now posted. All of these resources are available on the Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner Update class notes page .
Links and resources for the FCPTI class School-Based Threats: Cybercrimes have been added.
Links to resources used during the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute Residential Crime Prevention Internet Safety and Computer Crimes class are being posted on the website.