Stay alert to potential hackers

Protect yourself on email, text and social media

In recent weeks we have heard from people who have been hacked on Facebook, had email accounts hacked and received odd phone calls that do not match caller ID.

In a lot of cases the victims may not have known that they were hacked. We heard from people that were in the victim’s contact list, stating that they had received odd instant messages, emails with special requests or links, or phone calls with caller IDs that seemed legitimate, but conversations that did not add up.

In many of these cases the scammer poses as a friend or acquaintance starting out the conversation with something like, “How are you?” or “I need a favor,” or “I have a special opportunity for you.” But the red flag is that they want the conversation to be secretive, they do not want to engage in conversation via phone or in person, or they use odd wording in their message.

If you notice something like this, do not click on any links, nor provide any information until you can check things out with a phone call or in person conversation.

If you learn that you or someone you know has been hacked, change your password immediately, and make sure that your operating system and anti-virus software on your phone and computer are up to date.

It might also be a good idea  to let your contacts know that you have been hacked so that they do not fall for a scammer posing as you.

In addition to talking to IT experts, there are a number of online resources, such as OnGuardOnline.gov and StaySafeOnline.org

 

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