SWEEPSTAKE SCAMS CAN LEAD TO LOSS OF MONEY AND POTENTIALLY BECOMING A TARGET FOR CYBER CRIMINALS
Fraudulent sweepstakes can arrive through the mail, an internet ad and even through a phone call or text message. Scammers are now using sophisticated tactics for their notifications to seem real and fool victims into giving them personal information to use it for criminal activities such as taking out loan or even filing for tax refunds on their behalf.
Have you received an unexpected message telling you that you’re a lucky winner? The best policy is not to engage with the scammers in any way and avoid clicking on links in the notification as it could lead to a fake site. If you don’t remember entering any contest it is most likely a scam and you should report it to the authorities.
BrandProtect has developed a series of free, monthly Executive Threat Briefs focused on social media risk. The briefs deal with online situations that you and your people encounter every day, and the simple steps you can take to be better protected from common social media dangers. You can use this piece internally and externally for educating your staff (and alerting their families) on social media risk.