Hoaxes, Spam and Fraud

As we continue to rely on the internet  to a greater extent it becomes incumbent upon us to do our part in putting a  stop to hoaxes, spam and frauds. Below you will find a number of links that will allow you to be a little more informed as to how you can achieve this. Whether it is refraining from passing along that “incredulous” story or  recognizing fraud ,identity theft schemes or a potential security or virus threat the links below will help. There is no easy cure however if we continue to educate ourselves, keep up to date on the issues ,and remain vigilant we will be doing our part to help stem this growing tide.

Hoaxes & Scams

Before you forward that email please check it out here http://home.mcafee.com/virusinfo/virus-hoaxes

There are a lot of viruses out there. But some aren’t really out there at all. Virus hoaxes are more than mere annoyances, as they may lead some users to routinely ignore all virus warning messages, leaving them vulnerable to a genuine, destructive virus. Next time you receive an urgent virus warning message, be sure to check the list of known virus hoaxes above.

http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/threatexplorer/risks/hoaxes.jsp

Symantec Security Response uncovers hoaxes on a regular basis. These hoaxes usually arrive in the form of an email. Please disregard the hoax emails – they contain bogus warnings usually intent only on frightening or misleading users. The best course of action is to merely delete these hoax emails. Please refer to this page whenever you receive what appears to be a bogus message regarding a new virus, or promotion that sounds too good to be true.

Fraud

Please take the time to visit these sites operated by various Canadian and American Government organizations dedicated to fighting internet frauds and scams.

http://www.fraud.org

This is an excellent resource especially for seniors and families of seniors. Sponsored by the US National Consumers League.

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