31. August 2017 at 11:33 #1990
Value your personal information!
Protecting you personal data is very important to avoid scams.
- Be sure that you are visiting an official and legitimate site. Is there a SSL connection?
- Use long and strong passwords – and change them from time to time
- Think twice before sharing information online – it can last forever! By posting fotos and comments on social media networks, fraudsters might also know that your’re not at home…
- Check your privacy and security settings
- Protect your devices against malware by not clicking on unfamiliar links!
- Be careful with using public wireless networks and hotspots
Help others, like kids, teens and older ones, to protect their personal data, too!
You will find more information on http://www.bbb.org.7. September 2017 at 12:47 #1994
Many people are concerned about identity theft.
Identity theft = collecting and obtaining personal data of other people to conduct criminal activities.
Identity fraud = misuse of another person’s data for fraud. This may include your name, address, bank and credit card information … and scammers are using different methods: calls, spam mails, malware and spyware, phishing and skimming.
You became a victim of identity theft or identity fraud?
The FTC helps you to report and recover. Have a look at their Recovery Plan.23. September 2017 at 8:09 #2006
Fraud could be waiting here:
- Are you receiving e-mails, letters or calls you didn’t request? If they ask for personal or bank information, you should be very careful!
- Fraudsters often make very general statements. For example,”It’s about your credit card” (but they don’t mention the name of the company).
Or they say you have an account with a corporation, which is not true.
29. September 2017 at 16:30 #2009
- Check monthly your bank and credit card statements. If you notice anything unusual, report it!
- Get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company: annual credit report.
- Don’t give strangers access to your computer. Protect yourself with updated security software.
I’ve become the victim of fraud. What can I do?2. October 2017 at 9:58 #2011
First of all, for many people it is embarrassing when they have been defrauded.
But fraud is a crime and it can happen to anyone! That´s why you should absolutly report the fraud!
We will show you what you can do if the worst came:
Is there an acute danger for you? Is the fraud still running? Then get in touch with the police quickly. The offense should be reported in any case. This could possibly help you to get your stolen money back.
Is your account or credit card affected by the scam? Immediately inform your bank or credit card company.
Is your PC involved (perhaps by a Tech support scam)? Unplug the network cord of the affected computer and turn off its wireless connections. Bring your computer to a reputable computer repair technician.
Is your social security number exposed? Call the Social Security Administration: 1-800-772-1213.
Report your case to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online or call 1-877-FTC-HELP. They may provide tips and tools for you to migrate your situation.
You can also inform a State Attorney’s Office (SAO). Check who is responsible for you on a webpage provided by the United States Department of Justice.
Contact the company that the fraudster claims to work for.
Speak to your family members and friends. This gives you a mental support and protects them against fraud.
Monitor your accounts exactly in the future.
Change all important passwords. Make sure to use strong passwords.23. April 2018 at 6:24 #2141
CAFC – The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
The aim of the CAFC is to prevent fraud and to help those who have already been the victims of any kind of scam.
Report an incident:
Call 1-888-495 8501 (toll-free)
Online: RCMP Secure Online Services
The CAFC website provides further information on warnings and current issues in Canada.30. April 2018 at 15:36 #2146
Western Union`s settlement with the FTC – Deadline expires! – File your claim NOW!
Western Union has reached a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the violation of the Banking Secrecy Act and anti-fraud regulations and must pay 586 million dollars to the government as remission to the victims of fraud.
To qualify you must have lost money to a scammer in the stated time period, January 1, 2004 through January 19, 2018.
File your claim online (Western Union Remission) before the deadline May 31, 2018 (priorly: February 12, 2018)
The FTC answers further questions about Western Union Refunds on their website.16. July 2018 at 12:21 #4212
How can I create a secure password?
Protect your privacy by choosing a secure password to prevent hackers from accessing your sensitive data!
– Use a long number of characters
– Mix upper and lower case characters together with numbers and symbols.
– Use a password generator to create unique passwords
Remember to change your passwords regularly and never give them to strangers!30. July 2018 at 6:09 #4221
Security Tips for using public Wi-Fi
- change settings to prevent autoconnection to public hotspots
- control the exact name of the network – criminals sometimes create similarly named hotspots
- surf only on websites starting with https
- Do not use online banking or enter personal data
- Turn off the WLAN when you have finished surfing
Stay safe and prevent hackers and scammers from gaining access to your personal information!28. January 2019 at 5:47 #4413
Vertical Service Codes
Are you tired of unwanted phone calls?
Would you like to call someone without showing your number?
Or you would like to know who has called you?
The Vertical Service Codes might be your solution!!!
A vertical service code consists of a number of digits and a signal star (*) and a number sign (#) that is dialed on a phone keypad.
Some vertical service codes require the phone user to dial the telephone number after keying in the code sequence. For local telephone subscribers, dialing the codes is initiated by the use of the star key.
Have a look at this summary of the most important codes:
*51: is the directory that provides you with the numbers that called and were unanswered
*52: you can place a call on hold so that you can answer it from another line extension
*60 and *80: 60 allows you to block a number while 80 is the disabling code for the block. Therefore you can block and disable the blocks as you please.
*57: this service code is for tracing calls especially if you use online directories. By dialing this code, your call is recorded for metadata so that the police can follow up. Can be used in cases where you receive a malicious call.
*65: this service code is very important to you if you use online directories because it notifies you of the person calling by providing you with their personal information. This at most times is inclusive of their names and phone number. It can help one decide whether to pick the call or not depending if they know the person.
*67: Hide your phone number when making a phone call
*86: this is a vertical service code that redials a number till you can get a connection. It can be very helpful if you are trying to reach a busy number that is always on call.
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