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CALLER ID SPOOFING SCAMS PREY ON TRUST TO STEAL SENSITIVE INFORMATION

CALLER ID SPOOFING SCAMS PREY ON TRUST TO STEAL SENSITIVE INFORMATION

Caller ID or phone spoofing is a phone scam whereby callers impersonate government officials, financial institutions, or legitimate companies by using fraudulent displays of phone numbers (or “spoofs”) to gain the victim’s trust and get them to disclose personally identifiable information (PII) or sensitive financial information. 

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Have you thought about an HSA?

Have you thought about an HSA?

An HSA is a tax-favored savings account for individuals and families covered by a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). Contributions to an HSA are tax-deductible and distributions are tax-free if used for qualified medical expenses.

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Can you spot a phishing scam?

Can you spot a phishing scam?

Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. And in this time of expanded use of online and mobile banking, the problem is only growing worse. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission’s report on fraud estimates that American consumers lost a staggering $5.8 billion to phishing scams and other fraud in 2021—an increase of more than 70 percent over 2020.

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Spell-Jacking

Spell-Jacking

Spell check is a feature used by countless people in their everyday typed communication.  It’s accuracy ensures the number of typos in your documents decrease; this allows people to type with ease.  Most people install spell check extensions to make sending emails and writing papers faster.  However a new study shows that spell check extensions on your browsers are collecting your personal information, such as username, email, date of birth, Social Security number, and passwords essentially Spell-Jacking your information.

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THREE GIFT CARD SCAMS TO AVOID

THREE GIFT CARD SCAMS TO AVOID

Gift card fraud affects digital and physical gift cards alike. While fraudsters may approach gift card fraud with a variety of scams, the goal is to steal the funds from the cards while remaining undetected. Most likely, you’ve probably bought and/or received at least one gift card this year. Whether it was for a birthday, holiday, special event or “just because,” gift cards are the most wanted – and the most popular gift in the U.S. for nearly any occasion. Retailers and consumers have felt an increase in gift card scams, with victims reporting over $148 million stolen in the first nine months of 2021, more than all of 2020. Gift card fraud is on the rise, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns it’s a popular method for scammers to steal money. Let’s look at some ways that fraudsters use scams to commit theft.

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Let’s Get Physical RERUN!

Let’s Get Physical RERUN!

It's an oldie but a goodie! In today’s episode, we share our conversation with Traci Cummings, a holistic health coach, personal trainer, and owner of Your Wellness Journey. Traci shares her business background, how she keeps herself educated on the science behind diet and exercise, and how she continues to be successful in her own health journey while being a full-time mother

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WHAT ARE SCAMS?

WHAT ARE SCAMS?

Scams are everywhere as criminals try to cash in by stealing money or valuable personal information from victims. And given our modern reliance on technologies like smartphones and the internet, if you haven’t been a victim of a scam, you’ve likely been targeted by one.

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DISRUPTING THE FLOW OF TODAY’S INTERCONNECTED CYBERTHREATS

DISRUPTING THE FLOW OF TODAY’S INTERCONNECTED CYBERTHREATS

Recognizing the tactics used by attackers and understanding how they work together can help us avoid them. Cybercriminals use several tactics to access your personal and business data. Increasingly, they’re layering these tactics so one attack strengthens the next.

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Understanding Social Engineering

Understanding Social Engineering

With our reliance on technology, it is important to keep yourself informed to avoid falling victim of fraud. Chances are you have already been a target of a cybercriminal or fraudster.  One common type of fraud is referred to as Social Engineering.  Social engineering is a technique used to manipulate a victim into disclosing information or taking a specific action. Fraudsters will communicate with an intended target by saying they are from a trusted organization or financial institution.  They may even impersonate someone the target knows.

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North Platte Recreation Sales Tax Petition

North Platte Recreation Sales Tax Petition

The North Platte City Council recently made the decision to send a sales tax initiative for a half-cent increase for a large recreational infrastructure project to a vote. It was a move triggered by a petition that picked up more than 2,000 signatures.

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