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NEWS | Oct. 28, 2016

Everyone wants your money – recognizing and combating cyber crime

By Senior Airman Carlos Middlebrooks 628th ABW Cybersecurity Office

Winning the lottery or owning our own prosperous business is a dream most of us share. Every day through e-mails, text messages, websites and social media, people are promised opportunities to make a lot of money and become financially independent. Many times, these are false promises.

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.  One of the best ways to protect yourself from being scammed is to be proactive before you engage in any online business deals.

Tips to avoid internet fraud include:

Don’t invest in or buy anything you are not absolutely sure about. Check with the Better Business Bureau from the seller’s area.

Don’t believe promises of easy money.

Don’t provide personal information in response to an e-mail, a pop-up, or a website you’ve linked to from an e-mail or web page. There is no reason to provide your social security number or driver’s license number to the seller.

Don’t give out your credit card number online unless the site is secure and reputable.

Be cautious when dealing with individuals or companies from outside your own country.

Check your credit reports regularly.

Cybersecurity is EVERYONE’S responsibility