Cyber Attacker Holiday Games: Go Phish

The use of phishing—essentially tricking people to give up personal and confidential information for the purposes of fraud, identify theft and financial gain—is old news. But it rears its ugly head every year during the holidays. All types of email and online fraud increase exponentially during the winter holidays as online shopping picks up and people become a little more distracted in general.

Whether at work or at home, you need to be vigilant to these attacks. Whether catching up on emails after being out of the office, or finishing up your online shopping, there are lots of things you can do to protect yourself

  • Increase the security and privacy settings on your social networks; limit your interaction to people you know.
  • Develop good password-management skills at work and home. Strong, complex passwords – and different passwords for different sites — are critical to keeping you safe.
  • Do not click on links in emails from unknown senders. If it seems suspicious, or the offer is too good to be true, delete it.
  • Do not open attachments in emails from people you do not know.
  • When in doubt, ask! Report it to phishing@gm.com by sending a copy of the suspicious email. Open a new email, select ‘Attach Item’, select ‘Outlook Item’ then select the offending email and Send. Finally, permanently delete the email from your mailbox.

Identity fraud

Identity fraud can be described as the use of that stolen identity in criminal activity to obtain goods or services by deception.

Fraudsters can use your identity details to:

  • Open bank accounts.
  • Obtain credit cards, loans and state benefits.
  • Order goods in your name.
  • Take over your existing accounts.
  • Take out mobile phone contracts.
  • Obtain genuine documents such as passports and driving licenses in your name.
  • Stealing an individual’s identity details does not, on its own, constitute identity fraud. But using that identity for any of the above activities does.

The first you know of it may be when you receive bills or invoices for things you haven’t ordered, or when you receive letters from debt collectors for debts that aren’t yours.

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Identity Fraud Happens every 2 seconds

A new identify is stolen every 2 seconds. 1 in 4 people will experienced identity theft.  Last year $16 Billion Stolen from 12.7 Million Identity Fraud Victims in 2014.

Should you be concern, YES!

ID Thefts happen every day, all over the world and it happens to all types of people. No matter how poor or rich you are, no one is completely safe from ID theft and its relative loses. So the only way to be protected is to be aware and make consistent efforts to monitor your accounts and information..

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