Each October, the public and private sectors work together to ensure all Americans have the knowledge they need to keep their personal information safe online.
Beware Equifax® Scams
After Equifax's recent data breach, would be scammers have been calling unsuspecting consumers in an attempt to steal your personal or financial information. If you receive a call, or other communication from Equifax requesting you verify your account information, be aware THIS IS A SCAM. For information about how to recognize and prevent Equifax scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website.
It’s hard not to be moved to contribute when faced with images from the devastation in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Texas and Florida left in the wake of major hurricanes. But before you pull out your checkbook or credit card, you should be aware there are several hurricane & disaster-related scams looking to "cash in" on the pain of others. Visit the AARP for information on how to avoid storm-related scams.
What to do if you are a victim
Identity theft and cyber crime – online identity theft, financial fraud, hacking, information piracy, email spoofing – it can happen to any of us, at anytime. The key is to know how to identify if you are a victim, and how to respond. Check out this guide from the National Cybersecurity Alliance for tips and advice.
Privacy is Good for Business
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, nearly 75 percent of Americans feel it is "extremely" or "very" important that companies have "easy-to-understand, accessible information about what personal data is collected about them, how it is used and with whom it is shared." Find out how you can create a culture that respects the privacy of customers while protecting their data.