Tips to Avoid Social Media Cybercrime

We love social media these days. Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, and many others can lead to lots of sharing and fun, but also carry significant risks. This is particularly true now that cybercriminals are collating data on you from multiple sources to use at a later date. Anyone participating in a social network online assumes some risk of becoming a victim of a con artist.  It’s always important to remember that once you put something on the Internet, it is there… forever. It never disappears, you can’t completely remove it,…

Scammers Attack Latest Round of COVID Relief Checks, Again

Since the pandemic started, using the coronavirus for internet and other scams has been a fruitful endeavor for hackers. Always looking for every bit of data they can steal, they’ve hijacked money, identities, financial information, and more using the coronavirus as a lure. They’ve successfully posed as FBI and IRS agents and Social Security representatives for months now. They’ve used fake virus cures, taken payments for PPE and other supplies that never arrived, filed fraudulent unemployment claims using stolen identities, and otherwise done their level best to scam citizens out…

IRS Annual Dirty Dozen Top Tax Scams For 2021

The IRS posted its annual list of the top tax scams for 2021, called the “Dirty Dozen.” Every year, the IRS takes a look at the most prevalent tax scams affecting U.S. taxpayers. In its continued effort to keep us safe from tax fraudsters, the IRS tells us what these scams can look like. They also remind us that although scams increase during tax time and crisis events, they continue to happen year-round. The IRS says no one in the organization ever uses email, phone calls, or texts to initiate…