FBI Department of Justice Public Service Announcement

Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) Scam, Alerts June 27, 2014 https://www.ic3.gov/media/2014/140627.aspx


Be  Careful Opening Emails


I know you have heard it all before, do not open an email if you do not know who it is from and especially do not clink on a link in an email even if it is from someone you know, or looks like someone you know. Many times these are viruses. Some of these emails are phishing to obtain your bank information and many fall victim to these schemes. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) division, the average dollar loss per victim is approximately $55,000, however, there have been complaints reporting losses in excess of $800,000.


Email Scams are Prevalent


You have heard about email scams in the news, on the internet, television and from your IT department. However, people are continuously affected at home or work. Be careful when you receive anything that looks suspicious. If you don’t know who it is from you should delete it, period. If it appears to be from someone you know do not click on the link. Instead call your friend and ask if they sent you something. If they didn’t send it then delete it.


Sometimes an email appears to come from a business that you know. This can be very tricky and very dangerous. We receive emails from our banks or other businesses that we know. How do we know when it is valid and when it isn’t? There are a lot of complaints that are filed with the FBI Department of Justice. Many of these complaints begin with what appears to be legitimate suppliers’ email accounts. Recipients are being asked to change the wire transfer payment information for invoices. This is also known as the “man-in-the-email scam”, also known as “business e-mail compromise”. Google it and you can see how much is out there.


When In Doubt, Hit Delete


Recently there has been another twist to this scam. Companies or individuals are receiving emails requested unauthorized wire transfers. The email address may have some small subtle change that makes it difficult to tell that it is different than the legitimate address. Businesses are also receiving emails that appear to be from suppliers or customers. In these emails they request quotes or orders for supplies and goods. The dollar loss so far has been insignificant, according to IC3. However, this proves to be a waste of time for businesses as IT departments have to block or address the emails. At Creative Foam we would rather spend our IT effort helping to developing better ways of providing NVH solutions for our customers than deal with phishing expeditions. So be careful and when in doubt, hit delete.


Submitted by Terri Hamlet