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Is that really technical support? Scam Alert!

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In the past, you may have been targeted by scammers claiming to be technical support from Microsoft, Apple, a printer company, or internet service provider due to a recent purchase or technical issue. In many of those instances, the scammer likely called you.

Recently, the FBI reported an increase in technical support bait and hook tactics, including the user being fooled to call the scammer!

Before you dismiss this reoccurring scam, be sure to review with your staff the variations, trends, and tips from the FBI and ZDNet.

Contact pmap@scbar.org if you have any questions.

Three Quick Tips on How to Reduce Spam Telemarketing

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Are you the victim of annoying telemarketing, spam or robotic phone calls?

Did you know that there are several ways to reduce spam calls?

First, add your phone number to the national “Do Not Call” registry. Educate your firm on frequent fraud such as the “Not Your Neighbor Calling” scam.

For mobile phones, consider using caller id and call blocking apps in the Apple or Google Play stores such as HiyaMr. Number and RoboKiller.

Also, research your phone and carrier settings to see if any built-in call-blocking options are available.

For additional ideas on how to block unwanted calls, click here. Contact pmap@scbar.org with questions.

“Your Password Has Expired” Scam

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Have you received a very official-looking email that says “your password has expired” or “change your password now”?

Before you investigate, be aware that phishers are using this clever scam to target users to gain access to your online account and data. The FTC and IRTC reminds users to avoid clicking on any links via email, avoid reusing passwords, and change passwords through the verified website and never through email.

For more information about this scam, visit the Identity Theft Resource Center or the ITRC TMI Weekly®. Find additional Law Firm Security resources via the Practice Management Assistance Program. Contact pmap@scbar.org for assistance.