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Internet Safety

How to avoid Internet Fraud

  • Never open suspicious e-mail
  • Always compare the link in the e-mail to the link you are directed to
  • Log onto the official website instead of "linking" to it from unsolicited e-mail
  • Contact the actual business that sent the e-mail to verify its authenticity
  • Beware of anything from out of the country.  These scams usually involve overpayments of money for goods such as a vehicle or for a rental deposit.  They often ask you
    • to deposit or hold money for them in your personal information
    • to refund a partial amount of the overpayment
    • for account information
  • Use a firewall
  • Use secure websites (Over a secure connection the URL (address) displayed should begin with https - note the "s" at the end; Look for a padlock icon - Microsoft Internet Explorer displays the icon in the lower-right of the browser window. Mozilla's FireFox Web Browers displays the lock icon in the lower-left corner.
    • The lock icon is not just a picture.  Click (or double-click) on it to see details of the site's security.  This is important to know because some fraudulent web sites are built with a bar at the bottom of the web page to imitate the lock icon of your browser!  It is necessary to test the functionality built into this lock icon.