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Equifax Data Breach: What to Do
     Equifax Isn't Calling You

     Email Extortion Ransomware Schemes Tied to Data Breaches


Tech Support Scams
     Pop-up Warning About a Virus on Your Computer
     Surge in Tech Support Phone Scams
FTC Alert Tech Support Scams    

     How to Avoid a Tech Support Trap
     Call About An Email Hack
     Fake Microsoft Security Alerts

Dangerous New Ransomware Strikes Back
Petya-esque ransomware is spreading across the world

Criminals Continue to Defraud and Extort Funds from Victims Ransomware Schemes
          Campaigns Threatening Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

Phone Scams
Cyber Criminals Target You Through Text Messages
     Avoiding Android App Scams
     Scammers to Fake Caller ID to Trick You

Spoofing Caller ID
How to Spot Phone Scams: The Ultimate Guide
     Offical Sounding Calls About An Email Hack
     Surge in Tech Support Phone Scams
targeting the Elderly
Phony Phone Number Scam targeting Vets
     Understanding Mobile Apps
          There's a Mobile App for That (But It Might Be Fake)

     Safety Tips to Protect Your Mobile Device

Phishing Scams
Phishers Send Fake Invoices
     Snopes Phishing
     How Phishing Works
Phishing Scams Alive & Well
     FTC's Consumer Warning on Phishing Scam

AARP Fraud Watch

     Scammers Are
Going After Your Social Security Benefits New
     Beware of Tax ID Theft
Virtual Currencies Like Bitcoin are Hot! Don't Get Burned
     Watch Out for Social Media Scams
     AARP Fraud Watch Network
          Protect Your Social Security Number
          5 Tips to Avoid Smart Chip Credit Card Scams
          Sign Up for Watchdog Alerts

FTC Scam Alerts

     Watch Out for
New Tax Scams New
Stopping Scams Targeting Older Consumers New
          FTC Challenges Schemes that Target or Affect Senior Citizens
Number on Do Not Call registry About to Expire
Fake Publishers Clearing House Scams
Fake Check Scams
Avoiding Imposter Scams (Video)
     Government Imposters Want to Get to Know You
How to Recognize a Government Imposter Scam
Money-making/Investment Scheme Targets
Older People & Veterans

FBI E-scams & Warnings (The following are just a few of the scams and warnings on the website.)
     Cyber Crime What We Investigate
          Internet of Things Poses (IoT) Opportunities for Cyber Crime

What Are Internet of Things (IoT) Devices?

Internet Crime Schemes
Internet Crime Prevention Tips
     Internet Fraud

Social Security & Medicare Scams
Scammers Impersonating Social Security Administration
     FTC Detects a New Social Security Scam
     Protect Your Social Security Number

          Keep Your Social Security Number Safe
     Medicare Card Changes Opportunities for Scams
          New Medicare Cards Avoiding Medicare Scammers

What are Internet of Things Devices?

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to any object or device which connects to the Internet to automatically send and/or receive data.

As more businesses and homeowners use web-connected devices to enhance company efficiency or lifestyle conveniences, their connection to the Internet also increases the target space for malicious cyber actors. Similar to other computing devices, like computers or smart phones, IoT devices also pose security risks to consumers. The FBI is warning companies and the general public to be aware of IoT vulnerabilities cybercriminals could exploit, and offers some tips on mitigating those cyber threats.

What are some IoT Devices?

  • Automated devices which remotely or automatically adjust lighting or HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning)
  • Security systems, such as security alarms or Wi-Fi cameras, including video monitors used in nursery and daycare settings
  • Medical devices, such as wireless heart monitors or insulin dispensers
  • Thermostats
  • Wearables, such as fitness devices
  • Lighting modules which activate or deactivate lights
  • Smart appliances, such as smart refrigerators and TVs
  • Office equipment, such as printers
  • Entertainment devices to control music or television from a mobile device
  • Fuel monitoring systems

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