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FBI Warns of Dramatic Increase in Business E-Mail Compromise Scams

The FBI Boston Division is warning of a dramatic rise in business e-mail compromise scams or BECs, which target businesses of all sizes and types and have resulted in massive financial losses in Boston and other cities.

Globally, since October 2013, more than $3.1 billion in actual and attempted losses have been reported. Here in the Boston Division, approximately 370 victims from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have reported losses totaling approximately $33 million. Those losses range from $500 to $5.9 million, with the average loss per scam being $90,000. The Division has successfully facilitated the return of approximately $13 million, with millions more frozen and in the process of being returned. Continue reading.....

 

FDIC Consumer News - Winter 2016

Quarterly FDIC articles especially aimed at educating customers on answers to several common financial questions.

FDIC Consumer News


Ransomeware

A type of malicious software (malware) that freezes your computer or mobile device until a sum of money is paid.  It can destroy personal and business files, leading to stolen data and large financial losses.  Learn more how to identify and prevent Randsomware.

Avoiding Money Wiring Scams

The Federal Trade Commission has released a video to educate consumers about the dangers of money wire scams. In the brief video, various scenarios are presented to illustrate how scammers try to convince consumers to wire money, including: lottery/advance fee scams, rental scams and the grandparent scam. The FTC encourages consumers to investigate claims before sending anyone money. View the video

Security Awareness Newsletters for Computer Users

OUCH! is the world's leading, free security awareness newsletter designed for the common computer user published every month by the SANS Securing The Human team. 

May 2017 - Securing our Online Kids
April 2017 - Passwords and Passphrases
March 2017 - Using Mobile Apps Securely
February 2017 - Staying Secure on the Road
January 2017 - Social Engineering
December 2016 - Safely Dispose of Your Mobile Device
November 2016 - Using the Cloud Securely
October 2016 - Four Steps to Staying Secure
September 2016 - Email Do's and Don'ts
August 2016 - Ransomware
July 2016 - CEO Fraud
June 2016 - What is Encryption?