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Tax Time and Cyber Scams

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 4/22/21 11:29 AM

It's Tax Season (with an extra month extension for COVID) which means its also the season for tax scams.

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Tags: phishing, cybersecurity, ransomware





Just Published:  The FBI 2020 Internet Crime Report

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/22/21 4:26 PM

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has just released its annual report.  Over 700,000 complaints were filed - an increase of more than 300,000 from the previous year -  and reported losses exceeded $4.2B.  

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Tags: small business, phishing, cybersecurity, ransomware





Beware of Phishing attempt to "Authenticate your Account"

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 7/25/17 9:12 AM

Stay alert when reading through your email.  Our Cybersecurity advice focuses on "layers" of security, and even with all the technology in place to protect you, the "bad actors" will always resort to new tricks.  End user education and vigilance are key.

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Tags: phishing, email security, cybersecurity





Beware! Flight Information Phishing Emails

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 12/8/11 8:21 AM

This is the time of year when many people travel.  We have received a lot of questions recently about the latest email security threat:  a new wave of "phishing" emails that are based on flight information notifications. 

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Tags: phishing, email security





Computer Security - Phishing scams that impersonate the IRS

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 12/9/10 9:08 AM

Many of our clients have expressed concern after receiving intimidating emails they thought were from the IRS.  Phishing scams seem to come in waves, and the most recent wave we're seeing involves fake messages such as "your federal tax payment has been rejected".  If you look closely at the message, the emails are typically from a random address with a name that doesn't even match the email address. Identity theft is the typical goal of these messages as they try to entice you to go to a web site to enter personal and financial information.

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Tags: computer security, phishing, IRS scam





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