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Even the Fraud-savvy Can Be Victims of Credit Card Scam
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FTC Consumer Scam Alerts
Verifying a Hurricane Relief Charity

          Avoid Charity Scams

     Social Security Number Suspended
Scammers Impersonate Celebrities on Social Media New
Internet Business-coaching Scheme Targeting Seniors & Vets New
     Timeshare Resale Scheme Preyed on Older Adults
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Protect Your Devices from Cryptojacking
     Avoiding Imposter Scams (Video)
          How to Recognize a Government Imposter Scam
          Tech Support Imposter Scams (w/ Video)
               How to Spot a Tech Support Scam

     Protecting Yourself from Phishing Texts & Emails         
How Email Phishing Works
Understanding Mobile Apps
          Safety Tips to Protect Your Mobile Device

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     Email Extortion Ransomware Schemes Tied to Data Breaches
     Cyber Crime What We Investigate
          Internet of Things Poses (IoT) Opportunities for Cyber Crime
               What Are Internet of Things (IoT) Devices?

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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
  • Wearable's, 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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