Dean Bank wants to help you protect your online personal or business activities and keep them secure. Be aware of online fraud methods and become informed of ways you can protect yourself while on the internet.
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July 10, 2023
AMAZON PRIME DAYS SCAMS
Amazon Prime Day is again upon us. Two days of "epic deals" are July 11 and July 12. Amazon Prime Day is also a time when many retailers offer bargains for online shoppers a scammers paradise. Scammers might impersonate Amazon; Walmart, Target, Best Buy and others. Scammers will impersonate delivery services too such as USPS or FedEx.
Shopping holidays are prime for scammers, too. So if you pick up your phone this week or next and see a text/email claiming that there's a problem with your Amazon account or with delivering your order, please do not click on that link. Here's what you want to avoid:
Fake Texts and Delivery Scams
You receive a text about a problem with some type of order. "You have a package that needs to be delivered," indicating somehow they don't have the right address? Or cannot deliver it? Sometime of the scams will indicate the message is from U.S. Postal Service, FedEx. Or Amazon reaches out to you by text/email urging your to address an issue with your Amazon Account so you don’t miss out on Prime Day Deals. IGNORE THESE TEXTS/EMAILS, and if you have a legitimate delivery pending contact the vendor directly through their site with your credentials. If you click on these links, you risk getting tricked in a situation where you enable bad actors to steal your personal information such as your account password or your credit card number.
Finally never install software on your device, if told to do so in a suspicious text or email.
Fantastic Ads on Social Media
Lookalike websites are designed to trick you into thinking you're shopping online with a trusted retailer. Look very closely at the URL to determine if its legitimate. When it comes to scammers, the domain name can be slightly different that the legitimate one. Instead of using the exact name of the retailer, the URL might have one letter off, maybe a 'v' instead of a 'u' in the name or the fake URL might add something like "online" to the well-known brand name. Take time to make sure that you're seeing correct spelling for the business name. Review details on the website to make sure that the site lists legitimate contact information and customer service numbers. Trust your gut when evaluating deals.
National Cyber Awareness System:
As school is now in full swing, many students will return to school with mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Although these devices can help students complete schoolwork and stay in touch with family and friends, there are risks associated with using them. However, there are simple steps that can help students stay safe while using their internet-connected devices.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends reviewing the following resources for more information on cyber safety for students:
- Cyber security Awareness
- Stay Safe Online
- Before You Connect a New Computer to the Internet
- Keeping Children Safe Online
- Rethink Cyber Safety Rules and the “Tech Talk” with Your Teens
- Concerned Parent’s Internet Safety Toolbox
Online fraud is serious. Internet criminals use several methods to try and steal your personal information or take control of your home or business computer.
Types of Online Fraud
- Phishing. Fraudulent emails that attempt to trick you into visiting a bogus website and providing personal information.
- Malware. Software that is malicious, such as viruses, worms and spyware, and is used to take remote control of a computer, delete files or install programs.
- Ransomware. A type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
- Keystroke logging. A form of malware that enables a criminal to record computer keystrokes. These programs specifically look for user IDs, passwords and credit card numbers. The thieves then use this information to access accounts online and steal funds, capture personal financial information and order merchandise.
- Trojan horses. Another form of malware that use a legitimate-looking program (such as free screen saver) that includes malicious software. These are used to trick users into installing keystroke logging and other malicious software.
Protect Online Information
- Control physical access to your personal computer (PC). Take appropriate measures to prevent unauthorized persons from using your PC.
- If you are using your PC and need to walk away from it for any reason, log off or lock your workstation.
- Select passwords that would be difficult for others to guess and change them frequently. Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.
- Do not give out your password to anyone. Do not save passwords on a website or leave written notes with your password near your computer.
- Public computers may not have appropriate security controls and could be compromised. These include internet cafes, computer labs, shared systems, kiosk systems, conferences, and airport lounges. Only use these computers for anonymous internet browsing.
- Use your online accounts at least every month to check balances and activity.
- Always log off your business or personal online banking application when you are done.
- Do not respond to or follow instructions from unusual email or text messages. Many frauds are started by messages with a fake "From:" address. Do not assume a message is legitimate solely based on the From: address.
Protect Your Personal or Business Computer
- Install virus management software on your PC and scan it regularly.
- Keep your virus files up to date (i.e., latest signature files, product upgrades).
- Install a firewall to protect each computer or a home router that includes a firewall to protect your home network.
- Keep your computers up to date with current security patches. Set up your computers to automatically install patches so you don't have to remember.
- Be cautious when downloading and running programs or Java or ActiveX applets as they may contain un-secure data which cannot be filtered, for example, using firewall or anti-virus software. Only download from a trusted site.
- Use extreme caution when opening email received from unknown sources and pay special attention to any attachments. Do not launch or open an attachment from an unknown source. When in doubt, delete the email without opening it.
- Understand and use the security features provided by your PC software, such as those included in many operating systems, browsers and word processing systems.
- Ensure that your browser uses the strongest encryption available and be aware of the level of encryption used when you connect to various sites and applications for online payment or banking services.
- Dean Bank currently uses 128-bit encryption for all online banking services.
- Use only software from reliable and known vendors. Stay abreast of the latest release and patch levels of the PC software you use.
Protect your Mobile Banking Experience
- Here are some tips and general good practices for banking on your mobile device:
- Download and apply security updates and patches to your mobile browser when they are made available by your wireless provider. These are designed to provide you with protection from known possible security problems.
- Research your mobile device to determine its vulnerability as some devices are more vulnerable than others.
- To prevent viruses or other unwanted problems, do not open attachments from unknown or untrustworthy sources.
- Do not install pirated software or software from unknown sources.
- Limit unauthorized access to your mobile phone. Do not leave your mobile phone unattended during an open mobile banking session.
- Never save your User ID and Password in the mobile phone, in memos, or anywhere on your device.
- Always remember to log off properly using the "Sign Off" button when you have completed your mobile banking activities.
- Be aware of the potential for fraudulent mobile banking apps.
Personal Device Security During the Holiday Season
Remember to be mindful of the security risks associated with portable devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops. These devices offer a range of conveniences such as allowing us to order gifts on-the-go, providing us with directions, and even letting us download our boarding pass to pass through security with just our mobile device. However, with all of these added conveniences often come potential threats and vulnerabilities.
Following the security practices suggested in each tip will help to keep your portable devices secure during the holiday season and throughout the year.
- Security Tip ST11-001: Holiday Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices
- Security Tip ST05-017: Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices
- Security Tip ST04-017: Protecting Portable Devices: Physical Security
Report suspicious activity you notice relating to your computer or use of your electronic devices to the appropriate parties and do so as quickly as possible. If you notice suspicious activity relating to accounts at Dean Bank that you access online, promptly report that activity to us at 508.528.0088.