You know the proverbial "lump in the throat", a common reaction among ethical rational people when viewing this latest attack on innocent human life.
Some of the recently discovered scams will strum your heartstrings into picking links or downloading flyers for...
- Blood drives
- Gun control
- Exclusive videos
- Donations to charities
- Contributions to the families of victims
Our anti-phishing partner, KnowBe4.com, recommends each of us communicate with friends and family to be especially careful following sensational events (good and bad) with lots of news coverage.
Here's a tip we all should practice. When you receive an email, tweet, text message, phone call, or letter that you did not ask for, do not click on any links or buttons and do not call phone numbers in the message. Instead, open a web browser to a search field, and search for the organization. Then from their legitimate website, gather the email address or phone number and contact them directly. You can then safely pick most links with confidence, and gain legitimate access to resources without risk of infection or exploit.
For charitible donations, use the same technique by contacting the organization directly rather than through a link in an email or message. For blood drives, contact your local Red Cross directly rather than through any messaged link or downloaded flyer.
And if you are not sure, contact the experts at LeeShanok Network Solutions, and we will evaluate the situation and ensure your network remains safe.
Tips for Staying Safe
- Updates should come from an official manufacturer's website
- View emails from recognized senders only
- Verify the source before opening or downloading any files
- Check for grammatical errors or unusual information in emails
- Ensure that spam filters and antivirus are active and updated