Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Better Business Bureau is warning internet users about Osma bin Laden related scams


We have warned you about how you use the Internet and here is the latest outbreak of potential risks.

"The Better Business Bureau is warning about a rash of online scams that are breaking out in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden.

One of the wider spreading ones is spreading through Facebook. This scam features a fake video that purports to show the death of bin Laden. According to internet security company Kaspersky Labs, it prompts users to put a malicious URL into their browers. Their computers are then infected by a virus.

This is the latest in a number of scams that a spreading through Facebook. Many of these scams lead consumers to web sites that are infected with viruses or contain forms that can be used for obtaining personal information which can be used for either identity theft of phishing scams."

This latest threat is just one more reminder that social networking media including Twitter and Facebook are death traps for personal identity losses.

Our new on line ID theft awareness certification class offered through the Iowa State University College of Engineering on line learning system covers this and other risks. If you have employees who handle sensitive customer data it might be a good idea to have them take this inexpensive and engaging Internet seminar. At the end of the course upon successfully completing the user-friendly quiz they are issued a certificate of completion. You may find out more about the seminar here

http://www.eol.iastate.edu/Professional-Development/Courses/idtheft.html

WARNING! ONLY this address will take you to the legitimate Engineering web site! We have published the full URL instead of hot linking a word so you can see the address.


Steffen Schmidt, PhD


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