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Shopping Safely Online

Why do online shoppers have to take special precautions?

The internet offers convenience not available from other shopping outlets. From the comfort of your home, you can search for items from multiple vendors, compare prices with a few mouse clicks, and make purchases without waiting in line. However, the internet is also convenient for attackers, giving them multiple ways to access the personal and financial information of unsuspecting shoppers.

KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Black Friday & Cyber Monday Alert

It may be the start of the Holiday Season but don’t think that means the bad guys are on vacation! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest online shopping days and the bad guys are out to get rich with your money. After all, ‘tis the season for scams and phishing.

So how do I stay safe this holiday season?

KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Cryptocurrency on Twitter

KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Cryptocurrency on Twitter

The bad guys are finding new ways to scam you on social media using your favorite celebrities. By using Twitter’s promoted tweet functionality, the bad guys are trying to trick you into thinking celebrities are “giving away” e-currency, such as bitcoin. The names of well-known celebrities will always show a blue checkmark next to their name on Twitter, so if you don’t see the verified mark next to their name, don’t click! Even if you do see the verified mark, don’t assume items posted on social media are safe or secure.

Scheduled maintenance to SFSB Website 11/8/2018

Our website will undergo scheduled maintenance on Thursday, November 8th from 11:00pm-12:00am. Our website may be temporarily unavailable for 15-30 minutes within this one hour of scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

SFSB Customer Alert! Debit Card Fraud! 10/8/2018

We have seen an influx in debit card fraud activity located in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Due to this fraud you will be required to use your debit card PIN when conducting transactions at gas stations, fast food and grocery stores in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We are committed to helping you keep your account protected! 

KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Phone Scam Impersonates Sheriff’s Office

The bad guys have a new phone scam, and it’s vicious.They call you and claim to be from the local sheriff’s office.

Then, they inform you of a warrant that’s been issued for your arrest. As a way to “help” you out, they agree not to arrest you if you pay a fine.

Don’t be tricked into paying the fine! This is a vishing (voice phishing) scam used to steal your money. Remember, no one in law enforcement will ever ask for you to make a payment over the phone. Stay aware of vishing tactics!

 

Watch for New Hybrid Attack Involving CEO Fraud

The bad guys are getting creative with a new hybrid attack that involves CEO Fraud and gift card scams.

There is a massive campaign underway where they impersonate an executive and urgently ask for gift cards to be bought for customers. Once the gift cards are physically bought from a store, the “boss” asks you to send them the redeem code/number via email or text.

Never comply with a request like this - it’s a scam! Always confirm a request with your boss over a live phone call or in person to make sure it’s not a scam. Sometimes it's OK to say "no" to the boss!

 

KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Look Out for Fake Phishing Websites

Be extra cautious! The bad guys are using foreign characters to create phishing websites that spoof popular brands (Example: micròsoft.com instead of microsoft.com). Then, they use these websites to trick you into providing your personal information.

The latest phishing website scam is a contest for you to win “free tickets” from well-known airlines. They ask you a series of seemingly innocent questions and then tell you to share the free offer with 15 of your contacts before being directed to the URL where you can access the free tickets.

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