By Jennifer Lyn Walker, The Cybersecurity Evangelist
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On Episode 16, The Cybersecurity Evangelist talks about love! Well, more specifically romance scams. This is a PSA on romance scams in honor of February – a little late, but romance scams happen all year long.
I managed to keep this episode short and sweet! And before jumping too far into romance scams, I talked about how, at the heart, (no pun intended) romance scams are a type of social engineering attack. With social engineering really being the premise of TCE – addressing the human side of cyber/cybersecurity – it seemed like a good time to delve a little more into what social engineering is (and what it isn’t).
I invite you to tune in to hear more about fraud reports and financial losses due to romance scams, red flags that could indicate someone you know is caught in a romance scam, and some common and practical steps to defeating romance and other types of social engineering based scams.
Finally, I encouraged listeners to report romance scams, the importance of doing so, and a few organizations to report to, including to at least one of the following:
- The online app and/or social media platform where the initial contact was made
- The FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov
- The FBI (1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or visit ic3.gov)
- The financial institution (or credit card company) if the victim has sent money (or a cash advance) – preferably as soon as possible.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- The Gate 15 SUN https://paper.li/gate15#/
- FTC https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/ & ReportFraud.FTC https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/
- FTC: Reports of romance scams hit record highs in 2021 https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/data-spotlight/2022/02/reports-romance-scams-hit-record-highs-2021
- FTC: Romance scams in 2021: Fraudsters to the left of you, fakers to the right https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2022/02/romance-scams-2021-fraudsters-left-you-fakers-right
- Stop. Think. Connect. https://stopthinkconnect.org/
- Stay Safe Online (National Cybersecurity Alliance) https://staysafeonline.org/ & How to Avoid Online Romance Scams https://staysafeonline.org/resource/online-romance-scams/
- Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) https://cybercrimesupport.org/
- Fight Cybercrime https://fightcybercrime.org/
- Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) https://www.idtheftcenter.org/
- See also, FBI: Romance Scams https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-scams-and-crimes/romance-scams
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