Scams & Phishing

Avoid Holiday Season Scams

December 2020 Newsletter   The holidays are among the busiest times of the year for e-commerce and online shopping. At this peak time of online activity, seasonal sales and deals from retailers, scammers are looking to take advantage of unaware shoppers.   Cybercriminals are sure to use the holiday season to their advantage, but there …

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Tech Support Scams

October 2020 Newsletter Tech support scams are an industry-wide issue where scammers use scare tactics to trick you into paying for unnecessary technical support services that supposedly fix device, platform or software problems. The scammer poses as a “security expert” calling to say that your computer has been infected and they can help you. Some …

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Online Scams Are A Growing Threat

June 2020 Newsletter Scammers never take a day off. Holidays, special events, tax season, sales season, emergencies—no matter what’s going on—bad actors never pass up an opportunity to swindle people into handing over their money, giving up personal information or sharing sensitive data. The Better Business Bureau has released its most recent Scam Tracker Risk …

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Phishing, Vishing, Smishing - Where does it end?

December 2019 Newsletter Scammers and cybercriminals don’t quit. They’re constantly coming up with new, more sophisticated ways to steal your money, credentials, identity or sensitive information. Here’s what you need to know.   You’ve probably heard of phishing—using email to pose as a reputable company to extract personal information. But did you ever think the …

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Watch Out For Door-to-Door Scams

October 2019 Newsletter Remember the duck test? “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” The old saying is mostly true, but sometimes the ducks are actually weasels in disguise. In recent months, Arvig has received multiple reports of people unaffiliated with …

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Door-To-Door Scams Are No Joke

There's nothing out of the ordinary about door-to-door sales. Unfortunately, scammers take advantage of legitimate sales opportunities to scam unknowing people. There are reasons to be cautious about unannounced visitors. This infographic explains common door-to-door scams and offers ways to protect yourself and your property. DOWNLOAD PDF

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Door-to-Door Scams: How to Spot Imposters and Fraud

Scammers sometimes pose as company reps. Here’s how to spot the fakes. Remember the duck test? “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” The old saying is mostly true, but sometimes the ducks are actually weasels in disguise. In recent months, …

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Virtual Kidnapping: A Frightening Scam with a New Twist

FBI offers ways to recognize this scheme You answer a call from your daughter’s number. A woman can be heard screaming for help in the background. You yell out your daughter’s name. A forceful voice repeats the name and says she has been kidnapped, and if you don’t pay, she will be killed. A terrifying …

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Microsoft Phone Scam

Arvig customers often call our Help Desk about a call they received, allegedly, from Microsoft. The scammer poses as a “security expert” calling to say that your computer has been infected and they can help you. Some will offer to fix your PC if you give them remote access to your computer. Others will ask …

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7 Tips to Avoid Getting Fooled by Email Scams

Beware of strange senders and outrageous offers in your inbox Every day, 156 million phishing emails are sent to inboxes just like yours, and scams are getting harder to distinguish from the real thing. So, how do you make sure you aren’t one of the many to fall victim to an email scam? Here are …

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