Cyber crooks are out in record numbers, trying to sell COVID vaccination appointments online, vaccine doses by mail, and counterfeit vaccines.
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Georgia's Attorney General Chris Carr talks about COVID scams his office is seeing. Click on the buttons below to listen.
Examples of scams experts are seeing (:55 seconds)
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Some of today's most dangerous emails and texts involve fake package deliveries. Here's an email that looks like it came from FedEx. Clicking on a link will take you to a website that looks like FedEx's, where you're instructed to enter credit card information for updates on a delivery that doesn't exist.
Drag the slider bar from right to left to spot clues this email is fake.
> Over a million gift and payment cards from Airbnb, Amazon, Walmart, Target, and others are for sale on the dark web for 5 cents on the dollar, says Gemini Advisory. Remember: gift cards should be managed as carefully as cash.
> Capital One discloses crooks got customers' social security numbers during a massive data breach two years ago. You should notify both the IRS and Social Security Administration if you discover your social security number has been compromised.
> In the coming days, iPhone users will have the option to stop sharing personal information with Facebook, Google, and thousands of apps. But the Wall Street Journal says Procter and Gamble is already testing new technology that will allow it to bypass the new security measure.
> 15% of us use our pets' names as passwords. 14% use the name of a family member. 6% use favorite sports teams. ZDNet says fraudsters who scan social media posts can easily guess those passwords and steal personal information.
"Why should you continue changing your passwords?"
Actually, you don't have to change your passwords just to keep them fresh. Do change your password if it's easy to guess, for a website that has been breached, or if you use the same passwords for different accounts.
"I read about computer bots taking over the internet. What's a bot?"
A bot is a computer program that's designed to do repetitive tasks quickly. Business Insider says half of all Twitter content is from bots that repost the same opinions thousands of times. There are good bots (like ones that send news alerts to your phone) and bad bots (like ones that infect your computer and send your data to cyber crooks). Avoid bad bots by keeping your computer software up-to-date and using an anti-virus program.
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