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There is no Bureau of Defaulters

 

You receive an email that says its a court notice from the Bureau of Defaulters Agency - FTC with your arrest warrant record attached. It says that you have ignored their efforts to contact you, so now your Social Security number is on hold by the federal government. The notice also says you'll be prosecuted for fraud and owe all kinds of money when you're found guilty. The response time is 24 hours.

The first thing to do is STOP! There is no such Bureau with the FTC. The FTC doesn't send emails like this to individuals. If you get one, forward it to spam@uce.gov and then delete it. Do not click on any of the links or even open the email. Just delete it.

 

Diligence and vigilance is the key as Scammers look for new ways to trick you into revealing personal information.

In this day and age it pays to be super vigilant. Computers are a great tool for our daily lives but it can also be used by those who do not have good intentions. Scammers look for new tactics to build your trust and obtain personal information. Our staff recently came across another example of a phishing email that was created for just that purpose. These emails appear to come from retailers advising consumers that they have received an order addressed to them. The consumer is advised that they may pick up the order within 4 days. Each email asks the consumer to click on a link. Clicking on the link in the email allows malicious software in the form of a .zip file to be loaded on your computer. The subject line of these emails may read as follows "Thank you for buying from (retailer name)."

As usual our office suggests you STOP! and ask yourself these questions.

  • Our first advice is to use extreme caution when clicking on a link in an email.
  • Did you place an order with the retailer? If not immediately delete the email.
  • Open a new browser window and input the url for the retailer and check your order directly from the retailer's website.
  • Look at the email. Is the spelling and grammar correct?
  • Keep all antivirus software updated.

 

 

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