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Tennessee Consumer Affairs issues warning on phishing emails

 

Inbox messages can look legitimate, snare your personal information

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – “You have notifications pending.” So states the email purportedly from Facebook, alerting you to missed updates related to your Facebook account.

It features, under the familiar logo with “Facebook” spelled out in white letters in a blue bar, two boxes for you to click if you wish to go to either your Facebook homepage or to all of your account’s notifications. «Read the rest of this article»

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Who’s Watching You? Data Privacy Day Survey Reveals Your Fears Online

 

Opera SoftwareSan Mateo, CA – Despite lingering concerns about the U.S. economic recovery, Americans worry more about having their online privacy violated (25%) than declaring bankruptcy (23%) or losing their job (22%). Coinciding with Data Privacy Day today, new survey research by Opera Software in the United States, Japan and Russia examines what people worry about online.

Internet fraud as a result of online privacy violations was among the top four concerns in all three countries, recorded between 22 and 29 percent of respondents. Distress over being hurt in a traffic accident topped the lists in Japan (35%) and United States (27%), while relationship problems kept 40% of Russian respondents awake at night. Relationship drama and pandemics like swine flu tied for second place in Japan’s worries (34%). «Read the rest of this article»

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Cyber Security Month offers reminder of the Internet’s risks

 

Tennessee Consumer Affairs

Nashville, TN – Technology tends to make life more convenient. We are online at home, school and work – using laptops, desktop computers and mobile devices to connect to the Internet. Even when we are not connected, the Internet supports our financial transactions, transportation systems, power grids, emergency response systems and communication.

Products and services are a click away. Unfortunately, the same can be said for hackers and identity thieves. «Read the rest of this article»

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Send phishy e-mails seeking your information right to your spam folder

 

Tennessee Consumer Affairs

Nashville, TN – “We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account. To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below and confirm your identity.”

Have you received e-mail with a similar message? It’s a scam called “phishing” – and it involves Internet fraudsters who send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal information (credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security numbers, passwords or other sensitive data) from unsuspecting victims.

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“It’s impossible to keep up with the variations of these types of scams because they are forever changing,” said Mary Clement, director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs. “The best way to avoid being victimized is to practice safe computing and report fraudulent e-mails.”

According to the Federal Trade Commission, phishers send an e-mail or pop-up message that claims to be from a business or organization that you might deal with – for example, an Internet service provider (ISP), bank, online payment service or even a government agency. The message might ask you to “update,” “validate” or “confirm” your account information. «Read the rest of this article»

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The Savvy Consumer Column

 

Use common sense, street smarts for cyber security

tnconsumeraffairsdivisionNashville – Technology tends to make life more convenient. Through the Internet, you can make travel arrangements, modify investment portfolios and secure loans. Products and services from around the globe are only a click away. Unfortunately, the same can be said for hackers and identity thieves.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Consumers must be vigilant by employing the latest in security technology and by employing the same intuition that is used in the “offline” world.

“Cyber criminals are opportunistic,” says Consumer Affairs Director Mary Clement. “They seek out vulnerabilities on computers to send spam and phishing e-mails or try to trick consumers into providing information that allows them to wipe out bank accounts and steal identities.” «Read the rest of this article»

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