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Watch Out for Scams in Wake of Prince’s Death

Posted in Security/Scams
May 4th 2016 by
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In the wake of Prince’s death, scammers are trying to lure the unsuspecting public into scams to profit on the celebrity’s death.  If you are not aware of their tactics, you can easily become their next victim.

What’s Happening?

Quickly after Prince’s death, scammers began developing phishing emails and social media posts claiming to give people access to Prince’s last words on video.  These emails, posts,  and even text messages, were built to contain dangerous links and attachments that are similar to what was seen shortly after the death of Robin Williams.

While there are a variety of different ways in which people can fall victim to these scams, the end result is very similar in each instance: the potential to have infected workstations, leaking of personal information, or ransomware being unleashed to the network.  Ransomware can be extremely dangerous for not only personal users but also companies since the software is designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

Prevention is Key

In an attempt to help customers avoid being taken advantage of by this scam, cybersecurity firm KnowBe4 sent out a message to warn customers.  The message began with an explanation of the events that took place and stated that criminals would be using the death to their advantage so customers should be aware of any scams.

The company also put out a warning about charity fraud schemes that were arising due to the earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan.  Customers were urged to make donations through opening their web browsers and typing in the charity’s link instead of clicking on links that were sent in emails.

Opening any attachments or following links can open your computer up to much insecurity which can lead to your information being stolen when scammers enter your system, even through your phone.  Be aware of the scams that are out there and don’t fall for any tricks that can put you and your personal information at risk.

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