5 ways to protect yourself from email scams

September 4, 2008

September 4th 2008 – Supply Brothers

1. Mark suspicious emails as “junk.”

Use this feature in “Outlook.” All you have to do is ‘right click’ on the email, and then you can choose to send these emails to the category “add sender to blocked senders list.” This way, you will not receive any of these emails in the future.

2. Protect your password

Make sure you have a strong password for all of your email accounts by using at least 7 characters, a combination of upper and lower case characters, numbers, and symbols (e.g. # @ $).

3. Carefully read through any emails that seem like fraud before clicking on any links

Most emails that are fraud usually have misspelled words, typos, etc. They also use phrases such as “this is not fake” or “please forward this to all of your friends.” If you receive an email, and it appears to be from your bank, credit card, etc., be sure to go to their website directly. DO NOT click on the link from your email.

4. Make sure to check the email address thoroughly if you suspect anything

Nine out of ten times, you can identity a scam email just by looking at the full email address that it was sent from. Scammers will usually write a catchy title such as “Your EBay account is about to expire. Please click here to find out more information.” The email will usually appear from “EBay,” but the actual email is from fkdjsfsdks(at)Yahoo.com. Be sure to check the full email address when you see things such as this.

5. Avoid any emails asking for your personal information

If you receive an email that appears to be from your bank, credit card, or any other financial institution, and it asks for your name, address, social security number, or any other type of personal information, it is a scam. If you do receive one of these emails, contact your bank, credit card company, etc. immediately, and make them aware of the scam.

 

 

Supply Brothers urges you to keep this email for future reference. In the event you receive a suspicious email in the future, you can use this to decide what to do in regards to any email that seems out of the ordinary.


Top 5 Office Tips to Combat Office Theft

August 25, 2008

August 25 2008 – The most common mistake people make is assumption. We always have the notion that identity theft happens by computer hackers who steal our money, credit card, banking, social security, and other information over the web. The truth of the matter, lots of information and money is stolen right in your office! These perpetrators are often people you come in contact with at work. They can also be people who have access to your personal information, whom you are not in contact with.

Private information is stored about you everywhere. Think about the last time you visited the doctor. You had to give them your social security number, date of birth, and current address. All this information could be used to apply for a credit card in your name. Many of these places do not even provide any security measures to prevent this! However, you can make sure that this private information is not stolen from you right in the workplace. Or maybe you just want to send this email to your doctor’s office who still keeps folders unlocked and scattered all over his office.

These 5 tips will help you keep your money and information safe, and keep it out of the hands of people who could steal from you!

1. Under no circumstances leave sensitive papers out on your desk. We carry many different types of file folders that you can store sensitive information.

2. Once you gather all this sensitive information together – lock it up! We have dozens of different locking filing cabinets that could fit your needs.

3. Shred it! Do you keep personal employee information out for Otto the garbage man to see? If you don’t need it, then shred it. We have plenty of shredders to choose from personal to business shredders.

4. Don’t forget your cash! If petty cash on hand is over $500, use a money safe. Choose from our variety of Sentry Fire Safes.

5. Lastly, use data storage devices and lock them up! If you have sensitive data stored on your work computer, with easy access, than you will need a USB flash drive.

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