On Your Side Alert: Warning about email scams

On Your Side Alert: Warning about email scams

If you have an email address, you are a target for cyber criminals. Job seekers beware: a bogus email could be in your inbox right now.

It claims your resume has been approved. Cyber criminals say the next step you need to do is set up a Yahoo email account and Yahoo Instant Messenger. Then you're required to add a person to your chat list. This is a trick. Legitimate companies will not ask you to do this. Consumer advocates say this deception will usually involve criminals sending you a check before you work and asking you to wire money back. If you see this, hit delete. If you think you've been a victim, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at IC3.gov.

Another phony email you want to be on the lookout for claims to be from Navy Federal Credit Union. Don't fall for it. A big red flag is the greeting, which reads "Dear Member." Keep in mind that if it's your bank, they should know who you are. The trick here is to fool you into thinking your account has been suspended. Crooks want you to click a malicious link. If you fall for it, you could end up with a virus on your computer or be taken to a bogus site where criminals will steal your banking information. Always, contact your bank directly if you think there is a problem. If you see this one, report it to phishalert@navyfederal.org

If you shop at Costco, cyber experts are warning about a fake email that thanks you for your recent order and says to view the order, you need to click a link. The email is not from Costco. Clicking the link opens a website that contains Malware. Once installed, crooks can collect personal information from your computer. Costco is aware and has warnings on its website about online scams. It also advises victims to report the scheme to IC3.gov.

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