Last week, news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his home in Minneapolis at age 57. He was found unresponsive in an elevator and was declared dead shortly after. Internet criminals are going to exploit this celebrity death in a number of ways, so be careful with anything related to Price’s death: emails, attachments, any social media (especially Facebook), texts on your phone, anything. There will be a number of scams related to this, so Think Before You Click!
Also, with the recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan, there are charity scams sticking up their ugly heads. If you want to make donations, go to your favorite charity by opening your browser and type their link in the address bar. Do not click on any links in emails.
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has published a post in collaboration with the FTC, regarding the current charity email scams. Here are some of the recommendation on how to protect yourselves:
- Review the FTC alert and their information on Charity Scams.
- Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages.
- Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date.
- Check this Better Business Bureau (BBB) list for Ecuador Earthquake Relief before making any donations to this cause.
- Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB’s National Charity Report Index.
- Refer to Security Tip ST04-014 – Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks – for more information on social engineering attacks.
Should you want to provide Cyber Awareness training to your team, feel free to contact our Cyber Security team today via telephone at 954-908-3600 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can provide your team with training that will enhance their awareness of potential threats, and save your company from becoming the victim of any cyber attacks caused by someone not practicing think before you click.