Cyber scams happen every day as new technology evolves. There are many ways to protect your computer and yourself but not everything is blocked. In this article we go into detail on how to avoid attacks and what to do when you get attacked.
MVTV Wireless has heard about new cyber scams that are currently affecting our customers. We want to ensure our customers that we do not send out emails to our customers concerning payment. The only email you will receive from MVTV Wireless is your billing statement. We have also been informed that Wells Fargo is being scammed along with other major companies. If you do not know the person you received the email from just simply delete the email. We are asking that you do not reply to any of these emails as they are not safe.
When internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick you into giving out your personal information, it’s called phishing. Don’t reply to email, text, or pop-up messages that ask for your personal or financial information. Don’t click on links within them either – even if the message seems to be from an organization you trust. It isn’t. Legitimate businesses don’t ask you to send sensitive information through insecure channels. OnGuardOnline.gov
You can take steps to avoid a phishing attack:
- Use trusted security software and set it to update automatically. In addition, use these computer security practices.
- Don’t email personal or financial information. Email is not a secure method of transmitting personal information.
- Only provide personal or financial information through an organization’s website if you typed in the web address yourself and you see signals that the site is secure, like a URL that begins https (the “s” stands for secure). Unfortunately, no indicator is foolproof; some phishers have forged security icons.
- Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to check for unauthorized charges. If your statement is late by more than a couple of days, call to confirm your billing address and account balances.
- Be cautious about opening attachments and downloading files from emails, regardless of who sent them. These files can contain viruses or other malware that can weaken your computer’s security.
Forward phishing emails to email@example.com – and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the email. You also may report phishing email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Anti-Phishing Working Group, a group of ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions and law enforcement agencies, uses these reports to fight phishing.
If you might have been tricked by a phishing email:
- File a report with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.
- Visit the FTC’s Identity Theft website. Victims of phishing could become victims of identity theft; there are steps you can take to minimize your risk.