SCAMS

Top Scams of 2014

During difficult economic times, we tend to see a marked rise in scams and scammers, particularly online. Unfortunately, when people are hurting financially, they are more likely to let their guard down and be more open to the type of "get rich quick, too good to be true" schemes that Internet scammers thrive upon. Add to this charitable scams that prey on peoples' desires to help others and telephone schemes targeted at the elderly. We all need to be more alert, aware, and scam-savvy than ever before.

This section of the cyber security site provides updates on the latest Internet scams and hoaxes, specific information about what to do if you are a victim, and resources for further learning and education.


Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system's screen or by locking the users' files unless a ransom is paid. After the initial infection, the ransomware attempts to spread to shared storage drives and other accessible systems. More modern ransomware families, collectively categorized as crypto-ransomware, encrypt certain file types on infected systems and forces users to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods to get a decrypt key. If the demands are not met, the system or encrypted data remains unavailable, or data may be deleted.

For more information about Ransomware and the latest threats, visit the Digiknow Ransomware page.

Identity Theft

Probably the fastest growing area of crime involving citizens and consumers is identity theft. It is also terribly difficult to resolve if you are a victim. Delaware's Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Unit provides advice to avoid identity theft and specific steps to take if your identity is compromised.

Here are some links that may help you if you find you are a victim of Identity Theft.

Social Engineering

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