BEWARE of SCAMS Event: Stop Scams Consumer Protection Workshop at Lane Agri-Park

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Stop Scams: Consumer Protection Workshop

315 John R. Rice Blvd.
Murfreeesboro, TN 37130
Lane Agri-Park’s Community Center Building (Meeting Room 1)

A free event featuring speakers from the Federal Trade Commission, IRS’ Taxpayer Advocate’s office and Tennessee Consumer Affairs will be on the panel. Topics include: Identity Theft & Imposter Scams Scams Against Immigrants Sweepstakes & Lottery Scams Debt Collection Scams Internet Safety for Teens Romance & Military Scams Telemarketing & Robocalls The “Do Not Call” List Charities & Fundraising Fraud Budgeting & Credit Repair Reverse Mortgage Scams Payday Loans & Cash Advances Students, teachers, business owners and members of our military will benefit from this interactive workshop.

According to the national Crime Prevention Council 1 in 5 Americans will be a victim of cybercrime.

7 Tips to Protect Yourself from Cybercrime

Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans has been the victim of cybercrime? As technology continues to move forward, making our lives easier and more connected, cyber criminals are developing more sophisticated techniques to exploit technology for their benefit.

No country, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks, and no one government agency, company, or individual can thwart the risks alone. We all have a role to play in stopping cybercrime.

In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, (NCSAM) here are 7 measures you can take to protect yourself from online criminals.

  1. Create Strong Passwords – Create passwords with eight characters or more and that use a

    combinations

    of letters, numbers, and symbols.

  2. Keep Private Information Private – Keep social security numbers, account numbers, and passwords private, as well as specific information about yourself, such as your full name and date of birth.

  3. Lock Your Computer – Lock your computer and smartphones when not in use.

  4. Protect Your Computer – Be cautious about opening attachments or clicking on links in emails and remember that free apps (games, ringtones, screen savers) can hide viruses or spam.

  5. Own Your Online Presence – Always use privacy settings on social networking websites.

  6. Do Business with Reputable Vendors – Before providing any personal or financial information, make sure that you are interacting with a reputable, established vendor.

  7. Report Suspicious Activity – Report online fraud to the Federal Trade Commission.

To learn more about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2014, visit www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month-2014. For more cybersecurity tips, visit the Homeland Security Investigation’s Cyber Crimes Center at www.ice.gov/cyber-crimes or the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign website at www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.

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