Scam and Security Update

Here are some new resources and updates concerning online security:

  1. This is a useful website for determining if your information has been compromised.  I was surprised to find out that I was on the list for two hacks. Check it out here.  If it reports positive information for you make sure you change passwords.  It’s also a good idea to check your credit reports if credit card information was involved.
  2. The Better Business Bureau has a Scam Tracker Tool.  It’s a good place to visit if you have questions about something being a scam or not.
  3. Even if you are not of Social Security age, it’s a good idea to make sure that the SSA has accurate information on you and your reported wages.  They have beefed up their online security and now offer two-factor authentication which I strongly suggest you activate. Here are are questions and answers about their security.
  4. A few clients have received the following email or something like it.  It is a scam.  Ignore it and delete it. Notice that the From and Reply-To email address is not a valid Apple address.
    From: “iCloud Genius Support” <>
    Date: July 30, 2015 at 5:08:01 PM EDT
    To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: iCloud ID Final Warning
    Apple iCloud Profile XXXXXXXXXXXXX

    We have tried contacting you for the past month with no success. This is the last notice to notify from 30 – July – 2015 that you have not reviewed your Apple ID details. Under “Know your Customer (KYC)” act Apple is required by law to carry out a one time a validation of your Apple ID, failure review your profile will result in deletion of your Apple ID and associated information within the next three days.

    Please proceed below to »
    Review your Apple Profile

    To prevent the deletion of your Apple & iCloud please proceed to your iCloud ID information before the scheduled deletion time.

    Case ID: #HG6OII176881177

    Thank you,
    Apple CarePlus


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