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Cyber criminals use sophisticated methods to steal money and data.
Examples of fraud include:
- A fake email from your supervisor or other high-level individual asking you to purchase gift cards or demanding funds be sent to an account ASAP.
- A change or an unexpected invoice arrives from a known vendor or a vendor states they never received payment and it must be received ASAP.
- An email requests you to click on a link or “Sign In Here”.
Ways to Prevent:
- Complete the annual Cyber Security training to review best practices.
- Have a standard process for requests that has checks and balances to ensure a transaction is legitimate. If you are asked to deviate from the standard process, call a known contact and ask why there is a deviation.
Ways to Detect:
- Most scams try to prey on a sense of urgency and anxiety - resist it!
- Be skeptical - When receiving phone calls and emails be alert for anything unusual (for example requesting your credentials or incorrect capitalization) - especially if you weren’t expecting the message.
- Stop and review the unusual request with your supervisor or central office to ensure it is appropriate. Call a known number and ask the requester to verify the request.
- Always call your known vendor contact if you receive altered or unexpected invoices.