It did not surprise me when I read an article on the web within the last week stating that fraudsters are already exploiting the tragedy of the Boston Marathon Bombing. The creation of websites seeking donations or even asking for messages of sympathy have provided fertile ground for those who would like to gain access to your private information kept on your computer.
People’s natural reaction to such an horrific event is to reach out both emotionally and financially and to focus on providing support and this means that individuals can let their guard down when giving information over the web.
Always be wary of those websites that ask for information that you believe is not necessary. A good rule of thumb is to go with any websites run by government departments or organisations.
Never give out information which you think is important. I have visited websites that deal with membership of loyalty programs or applications to join a group or organisation and I have purposely not proceeded with completing the information because some of the questions being asked were totally irrelevant to the product or program. I immediately asked myself why would that particular website want to know what my earning capacity was when I was only seeking to get a loyalty card to get a discount on a health drink.
Fraudsters will attempt to acquire all manner of details of an individual to allow them to assume your identity and commit fraud.
It is important to have anti-virus and anti-malware programs and keep them updated.
It is commendable that there are people who are always willing to help others but the key is to make sure that you don’t become a victim yourself.
Manager Special Investigation Unit