Protect Yourself Online
Here are some warning signs for fraudulent postings:
- Requests to manage financial transactions from home
- Bad grammar and frequent misspellings
- Requests for detailed personal information (Drivers license, Bank account, Credit card information, Passwords, Social Security number)
- Compensation based on you withdrawing funds from a bank account
- Any job that requires a fee of any sort: application fee, processing fees, inventory charges – you should not pay to work
- Shipping from your home
Protect your community online.
Additional Online Security Resources:
- How Not to Get Hooked by a 'Phishing' Scam
- The FTC's Identity Theft Site
- The Consumer Sentinel Network
- Money Matters/Job Scams
Better Business Bureau: Use the Better Business Bureau to research charities and Business in your community or to help resolve issues with BBB registered businesses.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center: The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). IC3's mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime.
Looks Too Good To Be True.com: was built to educate you, the consumer, and help prevent you from becoming a victim of an Internet fraud scheme. The website was developed and is maintained by a joint federal law enforcement and industry task force. Funding for the site has been provided by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
FakeChecks.org: This Web site was created by the National Consumers League (NCL), the nation's oldest nonprofit consumer organization, as a central source of information and advice about fake check scams. NCL created the site in collaboration with the Alliance for Consumer Fraud Awareness, a coalition of consumer and business organizations, government agencies, and companies that are committed to fighting fake check scams.
The Computer Crime Research Center: The Computer Crime Research Center (CCRC) is a non-profit, non-governmental and scientific research organization.
Fraud Guides: Fraud Guides exists to inform the public about scam artists and their tactics so that hopefully you can recognize a scam before you become the victim of one.
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists: The organization provides resources for financial institutions and related businesses that help train, identify and locate practitioners who specialize in money laundering control policies, procedures & regulations.
Fraud Watch International: FraudWatch International combines anti-phishing education, monitoring and detection services, and preventative software solutions to consumers and corporate clients.
National White Collar Crime Center: The mission of NW3C is to provide a nationwide support system for agencies involved in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crimes and to support and partner with other appropriate entities in addressing homeland security initiatives, as they relate to economic and high-tech crimes.
phishbucket.org: PhishBucket.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting job seekers from fraudulent job offers. Check suspicious offers and learn more about how to spot job phishing.
www.infragardawareness.com: A free self-directed (at your own pace) security awareness course that teaches you how easy it is to help make your workplace more secure and personal vital skills to protect yourself and your family from cybercrime and identity theft. When you have completed the course, you can also be amongst the first in the nation to earn your "Certificate In Information Security Awareness In the Workplace" - an invaluable addition to any resume that will be welcomed by employers.