Beware of Phishing Email Scams, Scoundrels & Crooks

There has been a definite surge in phishing emails and scams where an attacker appears to be someone you know and attempts to get money, financial or personal information from you. Now is a good time to remind everyone to be careful and to be suspicious when checking email messages or texts.

That caution comes from NSEA Network Administrator Roger Kucera, who manages and monitors NSEA’s computer network. His advice echoes that of security professionals around the world.

This advice comes on the heels of a scam that cost an Omaha Education Association member some hard-earned cash. To be blunt: “There are bad guys (and gals) on the Internet. Really bad,” said Kucera.

He advised email users to look at return email addresses very carefully before responding. Never send money to anyone without verifying email or text requests for money, and without calling the person requesting it for positive identification.

“It’s easy to slip up when you are especially busy, so take extra caution ahead of time to prevent headaches later,” he said.

He suggested this website to better understand phishing: www.bit.ly/22phish

There has also been a huge increase in phone calls and text messages coming from spoofed numbers. These calls or texts could appear to come from someone you know but are really coming from unscrupulous telemarketers or crooks. Security researchers are now predicting that half of all phone calls in 2019 will be scams coming from spoofed telephone numbers. For more reading on this subject Kucera suggests this site: www.bit.ly/2spoof