I saw this on the list serve this morning and thought this subject was important enough to share with my readers. It is so easy to be Scammed and Spammed these days so please take a moment to read this free advise from the Department of Public Safety, Division of Digital Services.
From: "Robinson, Doug" <Doug.Robinson@vermont.gov>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2018 14:40:53 +0000
It's the most wonderful month of the year! It's cyber security month. During cyber security month we concentrate on refreshing those habits that keep us cyber secure.
A malicious email can look just like it comes from a financial institution, an e-commerce site, a government agency or any other service or business. It often urges you to act quickly, because your account has been compromised, your order cannot be fulfilled or there is another urgent matter to address. Does it make you think you need to take action right away? This is a common tactic of malicious email.
So you think the email is bogus, what now? Try to verify it with these steps:
Contact the company directly - using information provided on an account statement, on the company's official website or on the back of a credit card.
Search for the company online - but not with information provided in the email. Remember, Google is your friend.
Spam is the email equivalent of junk mail. Tired of it? Here are ways to reduce spam:
Enable filters on your email programs: Most internet service providers (ISPs) and email providers offer spam filters; however, depending on the level you set, you may end up blocking emails you want. It's a good idea to occasionally check your junk folder to ensure the filters are working properly. In-house we take care of a lot of this for you, consider this on your personal accounts!
Report spam: Most email clients offer ways to mark an email as spam or report instances of spam. Reporting spam will also help to prevent the messages from being directly delivered to your inbox. We can't stop what we don't know about!
Own your online presence: Consider hiding your email address from online profiles and social networking sites or only allowing certain people to view your personal information.
Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites (clicking on a link) to collect personal and financial information or infect your machine with malware and viruses.
Spam & Phishing on Social Networks
Spam, phishing and other scams aren't limited to just email. They're also prevalent on social networking sites. The same rules apply on social networks: When in doubt, throw it out. This rule applies to links in online ads, status updates, tweets and other posts. You can report this type of behavior! Here are ways to report spam and phishing on major social networks:
Reporting spam and phishing on Facebook
Reporting spam on Twitter
Reporting spam and phishing on YouTube
Thanks / Stay Safe
Chief Douglas A. Robinson
Norwich Police Department
10 Hazen Street / P.O. Box 311
Norwich, Vermont 05055