Weekly SEA

Scotch Plains Family Loses Thousands to Phone Scammers
Comment: Before acting on any request for money or personal information, whether the request was made over the phone or via email, do your due diligence and research the person or organization making the request, especially if the requestor tries to create a sense of urgency or the requested payment method is unusual. Search phone numbers and organization names online to see if there are any posted complaints from other victims and avoid sending money to people you don’t know via gift cards, prepaid debit cards, or wire transfers. If you are a victim of a phone scam, contact your local police department immediately.

Hackers Are Con Artists: The Perils of Social Engineering
Comment: Hackers often rely on the trusting nature of their victims combined with the element of surprise in order to circumvent security controls and gain access to valuable and sensitive data. This is why phishing schemes remain so prevalent and phone scams such as the Windows Tech Support scam have worked so well against so many people. Sophisticated social engineering schemes can fool anybody – even security professionals – so we always advise using available security tools such as multi-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access to accounts and reputable antivirus software on all systems and devices.