Weekly SEA

Four Common Email Scams and How to Stay Safe Online
Comment: Email-based phishing attacks are one of the most prevalent cyber threats today because they can be an effective way for hackers to manipulate victims into divulging sensitive information. Anyone can be duped by a phishing scheme which is why education and awareness are key to reducing one’s risk. This article highlights four common phishing scams and provides information on how to spot them and avoid falling victim. When handling email, a good rule of thumb is to remain skeptical of any links or attachments contained within unexpected or unsolicited emails.

IRS Scams Ramping Up in Morris County, Police Say
Comment: Morris County officials are warning residents of an increase in IRS scam calls in which the callers accuse victims of owing back taxes and then threaten them with jail time if they don’t pay immediately. Although these phone calls may initially seem legitimate, especially if the caller uses spoofing techniques to make the caller ID display the real number of the IRS, it is important to remember that this type of call will always be a scam. Recipients of these types of calls are urged to immediately hang up and file a report with their local police department. Never divulge any personal or financial information during unsolicited calls and remember that no legitimate company or agency will ever require payment in the form of gift cards, prepaid debit cards, or money transfers.