Internet Fraud, and Resources to Help You Stay Safe Online
Many scammers that traditionally use phone and mail are now using the internet, and your email to access your information. The most common consumer scams involve obtaining credit card information and getting consumers to send money by wire transfer, or obtaining personal information from consumers to steal their identity.
Scammers often use "click bait", or ads that appeal to you on social media, and send you threatening emails or texts with the hope that you reply with personal information, or click on a link that will allow them to access your personal information.
These resources have ideas help you and your family stay safe online:
- OnGuard Online -- website filled with practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
- www.iKeepSafe.org Opens in a new window
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- www.netsmartz.org Opens in a new window
- National Crime Prevention www.ncpc.org Opens in a new window
- www.mcgruff.org Opens in a new window
- www.staysafeonline.org Opens in a new window
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- Net Cetera booklet: How to Stay Safe Online PDF En español
- Stop-Think-Click: 7 Practices for Safer Computing PDF
- 9 Online Shopping Tips PDF
- Check Overpayment Scams: Seller Beware PDF En español
- Using Wire Transfers for Internet Auction Purchases Can Be Risky PDF
- Internet Auctions: A Guide for Buyers and Sellers PDF
- Online Auctions: Bidders Be Wary PDF