October is, among other things, Cybersecurity Awareness Month. As with any other month of the year, scammers are out in force with new scams on Social Media, email, or on the phone. To thwart their attempts, ITS encourages you to:
1. Consider the source: check to see who the communication is coming from.
2. Make sure the message is indeed coming from the source: e.g., is it really coming from the IRS, irs.gov, or is it coming from irs.gov.com?
3. And, if you have any doubts, contact the Cal Lutheran Help Desk at 805-493-3119 or email@example.com to verify the integrity of the communication.
New scams involve Coronavirus and since it’s an election year, voter registration scams, where a caller might claim your registration information needs to be confirmed (this would apply to mail-in ballots as we approach election day).
Keep in mind that successful scammers create a sense of urgency or tug on your emotions to get you to suspend disbelief and hand over your personal information or credentials.