You’ve never heard of a fraudster involved in a shoot-out of the “Come and get me, copper!” sort. Or of some con artist needing helicopter gunships brought to him. No, subtle-mongers do it with the smile, the promise, the hint. And we have one great ally: greed. And make no mistake. Greed is everywhere, like weather.”
― Jonathan Gash, British physician and crime writer, Gash is the pen name for John Grant.
We are entering a “season” in America – the annual holiday season. It is, to paraphrase Dickens yet again, the best of times and the worst of times. Some can hardly wait for the perfect memories, and the perfect cookies, smells and music. Others just try to get through it – as they have challenges and losses that are at the top of their list of concerns.
This busy and emotional time makes each of us very vulnerable to rushing past something that we should be noticing. Business woman extraordinaire, Pam Holland, who owns the company “Tech-Moxie” talks about cyber-fraud being rampant during the holiday season. Here is what she wrote:
Cyber-criminals get extra creative during the holidays. We especially worry about our friends who are new to the online world or have cognitive impairment.
Watch out for emails that appear to come from:
One trick to determine whether an email is fraudulent is to click on the sender’s “name” to reveal the actual email address that it was sent from. If you notice that the e-mail address really has nothing to do with your friend, delete that message and do not open any of its links.
The scammers are NOT dumb. They know that during the busy holiday season, we will not have time to give careful attention to every e-mail notification we received. In that way, they “get” us. Be careful, and don’t let down your guard.
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