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TT - Online Calendars - November 19, 2019 - GRAPHIC
TT - Online Calendars - November 19, 2019 - GRAPHIC
Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Calendar Fraud (Photo) - 11/19/19

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense against calendar fraud.

Yes, I said calendar fraud. For some, the chaos of the modern world can only be tamed by a color-coded calendar with every meeting, dinner plan, and sports practice neatly posted. It’s technology’s promise that if you document every work, family, friend, school, and sport obligation online – you might just make it to Friday. 

But, with every tool comes a threat. In this case, the threat is an oldie-but-goodie – a phishing attack. It is the delivery method that is new. 

Scammers have started sending online users calendar invites. In many cases, the calendar’s default settings allow the invitation to simply appear on your account. The fraudster could be offering you a prize or an invitation to some special, swanky event. Just click on the link and you can register… or click, put in your credit card number, and you are on your way to winning the jackpot. 

Of course, these are fakes. At the very least, the sender is able to access your bank account… at most he’s loaded malware onto your device and now has access to all of your passwords, personal info, and more. 

How do you protect yourself? 

  • Never click on a link or open an attachment – or in this case a calendar invitation – that you aren’t expecting or is from someone you don’t recognize. 

  • Report calendar phishing attempts to the calendar service you use. That will help the providers block such spam attempts in the future. 

  • Set your calendar permissions so that invitations do not automatically load in your system. Do a simple internet search to find out how to increase the security settings for whichever calendar option you are using.  

As always, if you have been victimized by a cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at?www.IC3.gov or call your local FBI office.

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BR - 10-21-19 - OCCU Eugene 4
BR - 10-21-19 - OCCU Eugene 4
FBI & Eugene Police Search for Female Bank Robber (Photo) - 11/18/19

The FBI is featuring the October 21, 2019, robbery at the Oregon Community Credit Union in Eugene on its Unknown Bank Robbers webpage in an effort to generate more tips to help identify the woman responsible. The FBI and the Eugene Police Department are working this case jointly.

At about 4:40 on that Monday afternoon, the woman walked into the branch, located at 2880 Chad Drive in Eugene, and demanded cash. Once she received an undisclosed amount of cash, she exited the bank and may have left the area in a silver pick-up truck, possibly a later-model Dodge 1500, double-cab.

Description:

White woman

Age:  Mid 30’s

Height: Approximately 5’6”

Build:  Heavy with a round face and cleft chin

Hair: Possibly bleach blonde

Other: Pierced ears and may wear glasses

Clothing: Black or dark grey v-neck long-sleeved shirt or sweater with 3 buttons at the top; black pants with light-colored flowers or circles; dark black and tan shoes; black purse with silver handles; dark grey or green beanie hat; and sunglasses with purple lenses.

 

The FBI’s unknown bank robber poster can be seen at https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2019-11-14.8556290648.  Anyone with information is asked to submit a tip Eugene Police Department at (541) 682-5111. You can also report information to https://tips.fbi.gov or call the nearest FBI office. In Eugene, the FBI can be reached at (541) 343-5222.

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TT - Veterans Scams - November 23, 2019 - GRAPHIC
TT - Veterans Scams - November 23, 2019 - GRAPHIC
Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense for Military Families (Photo) - 11/12/19

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment.? Today:? Building a digital defense ?for those who have given so much to defend our country.? 

Veterans Day allows us to celebrate the service of U.S. military members and honor the sacrifices that they – and their families – have made. It is also a time to educate military families about those who wish to profit off their service.  

Unfortunately, military families may be more vulnerable to scams than the average American. A 2018 study by the Federal Trade Commission showed service members lost more than $25 million to just imposter scams over the course of a year. The median loss for a military member: about $700… $200 more than the median loss for the average person. 

Imposter fraud is a pretty simple scam. The bad guy pretends to be someone else, gains your trust, and convinces you to send money. He can pose as a potential employer offering a much-needed job, a lottery official promising a big prize, or even a government agent threatening arrest. No matter who he impersonates, his goal is to always get you to pay up. 

What can you do to protect yourself? 

  • Be wary of any call from someone claiming to be from the government who requests personal info or money. 

  • Think twice before paying any supposed debt or fee with a wire transfer or gift card.  

  • Don’t trust caller ID or the name on the email address or user ID. All can be faked. 

  • If in doubt, call the business or agency back from a publicly-available number to confirm what you’ve been offered or threatened with. 

Finally – some good news for veterans. Our friends at the FTC announced just a few weeks ago that the three major U.S. consumer reporting agencies will soon start offering free credit monitoring to active duty U.S. military members and members of the National Guard. To qualify as an active duty member – you must be assigned away from your usual duty station. All members of the National Guard will qualify regardless of where you are stationed. 

As always, if you have been victimized by a cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at? www.IC3.gov ?or call your local FBI office.? 

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These are the links service members can use to access the credit reporting agencies' military programs:

https://www.experian.com/lp/military.html 

https://www.equifax.com/personal/military-credit-monitoring/ 

https://www.transunion.com/active-duty-military-credit-monitoring 

Medicare Info Slide
Medicare Info Slide
Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Medicare Scams (Photo) - 11/05/19

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against Medicare scams. 

More and more companies are offering services to test your DNA, allowing you to explore your genetic heritage. Eastern European? Chilean? Something super exotic that you never even considered as part of your ancestry? These tests can be spendy, though, so when someone offers you a special deal to do the testing for free, it sounds like a good deal. Scammers know this and have concocted a new scheme to steal your personal information.  

Our friends at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are receiving reports that callers, claiming to be from Medicare, are asking for personal information, such as Social Security or Medicare numbers, in exchange for a “free” DNA testing kit. The fraudster may make a convincing argument by claiming that the test is a “free way” to get an early diagnosis for diseases like cancer. However, the truth of the matter is that Medicare does not market DNA testing kits to the general public.  

Here are some tips on what you can do to avoid being a victim: 

  • Remember that government agencies will rarely call you. If they do, it will be to either return a call you made to them or after they send you a letter. 

  • If an alleged “government agency” demands personal information or payment, you can be sure it is a scam.  

  • Don’t rely on caller ID. Scammers can make it appear as if they were calling from a government-affiliated number.  

  • Never give anyone who randomly calls you information such as your bank account, credit card, Medicare or Social Security number. Scammers can use this information to either steal your identity and your money.  

  • You can report Medicare imposters at 1-800-MEDICARE and ftc.gov/complaint.  

As always, if you have been the victim of this online scam or any other cyber fraud, can also report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.  

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VPN Info Slide
VPN Info Slide
Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Using Virtual Private Networks (Photo) - 10/29/19

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense by using Virtual Private Networks.  

As we wrap up our series of reports on popular cyber scams and tools you can use during Cyber Security month, we want to take some time to talk about the benefits of VPN’s. 

Going even a few minutes without being connected to our digital selves seems difficult these days. Coffee shops, restaurants, and even airlines make it easy for us to stay connected with their offerings of public WiFi. We can chat, work, and play our favorite virtual games without eating up data.  

However, free WiFi comes with the risk of making our personal information free for the taking. If you are using a network that isn’t secure, other people using this same network can see your traffic. But if you are using a VPN that encrypts your data, all they will see is gibberish. 

VPN’s sound fancy – but what does a virtual private network really entail? In simple terms, a VPN allows you to create a secure connection with another network while using public Wi-Fi. When you connect your computer or phone to a VPN, all of your network traffic is first sent through the VPN server before going to the public Wi-Fi server.  

There are many different types of VPNs on the market. Here are a few tips to consider when choosing one for yourself: 

  • Research the VPN app before you use it to make sure that it really does encrypt your data. Not all do. It is important to read reviews, look at the app’s description and content rating, and do outside research on the app’s developer. 

  • You should actually read the “Terms and Conditions” page before downloading a VPN, and carefully review the permissions that the app requests. It is best to find an app that does not store your connection logs on its company servers. Likewise, if an app requests permissions to sensitive information, like reading your text messages, consider whether you are comfortable with that.  

  • Consider paying for a VPN service. Many VPN apps are free to you because they make money by sharing your information with third parties. Again, check the terms and conditions of the product and review the privacy policy to see how your information is shared before downloading. 

As always, if you have been a victim of an online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office. 
 

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