Fiscal Leadership for Georgia

Stay Aware - Holiday Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

December 16, 2015

Online Phising ImageThe Department of Homeland Security and US-CERT reminds users to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online this holiday season. To avoid seasonal campaigns that could result in security breaches, identity theft, or financial loss, users are encouraged to avoid following unsolicited links or downloading attachments from unknown sources. Refer to US-CERT's security tips for shopping safely online and visit the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information page for scam alerts.

If you believe you are a victim of a holiday phishing scam or malware campaign, report the attack to the police and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission. Immediately contact your financial institution and close any accounts that may have been compromised. Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account. Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed and do not use that password in the future, avoid reusing passwords on multiple sites. Lastly, file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).