Each week, the FBI is working to help Oregonians #BeCyberAware as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This week: Cybersecurity Basics.

“What are the most common scams we are seeing in Oregon?”

The most common cyber scams that we are seeing in Oregon, ranked by the number of complaints into the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, are:

  1. online shopping
  2. phishing
  3. extortion
  4. hacking
  5. romance scams
  6. business email compromise scams

By dollar losses, business email compromise scams top the list.

“What are the most important things I should know about cyber scams?”

Here are three of the most important things to keep yourself safe from cyber scams:

  1. Never click on links or attachments in emails, text messages, or social media posts. They can contain malware that will infect your device or lead you to a fraudulent (but real-looking) website to collect user ID and password info.
  2. Don’t share personal or sensitive info with people you meet online. You can never take back compromising pictures… and no one should contact you unsolicited to ask for your financial or health information.
  3. Trust your gut. As the old saying goes, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

“What are some easy steps you can take today to increase your safety online?”

There are a number of easy steps you can take to greatly increase your safety online:

  1. Lock down all of your social media accounts with security and privacy in mind. Restrict your friend lists to include…

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