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BBB Tip of the Week: Emphasizing cybersecurity in October

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month, which is aimed at raising the public’s awareness of the basic steps needed to stay safe online. Throughout the month, Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific will be releasing cybersafety tips and articles to help consumers and businesses stay vigilant.

Articles and a cybersecurity toolkit for small businesses and consumers can be found at www.BBB.org/BBBSecure and at www.bbb.org/cybersecurity.

BBB encourages online users to educate themselves about cybersecurity risks and offers the following tips to stay safe online:

Own your online presence. Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s OK to limit how and with whom you share information.

Get two steps ahead. Turn on two-step verification on accounts when available. This adds an extra layer of security to your account by requiring you to know more than just a password. This is typically a code

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Virtual credit cards could help secure online shopping, BBB advises | Money

Let’s face it. Online shopping has become a hobby for many of us during the pandemic. E-commerce sales are predicted to bring in more than $709 billion in 2020 — that’s an 18% increase over last year.

Unfortunately, all that extra shopping has created more opportunities for fraudsters to access our financial information. Data breaches are no longer uncommon in the virtual marketplace, so it’s especially important to protect your financial information anytime you purchase a product or service online.

Virtual credit cards have become one of the most effective options for safeguarding those accounts. This service allows consumers to create temporary card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes for online and over-the-phone purchases.

Unique credit card numbers can be generated for each individual purchase or used over a longer period of time. Some virtual credit card users even set up a unique number for each vendor they do business

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BBB Tip of the Week:Surge in online shopping ushers in more fake websites

Stay-at-home orders, social distancing and other efforts to the curb the spread of the coronavirus have made online shopping a necessity in 2020.

Recent data collected by the United States Census Bureau revealed that online purchases have increased by more than 30% since mid-March. As more consumers connect with products virtually, the number of scammers creating fake websites to steal shoppers’ hard-earned money has spiked as well.

A series of investigations performed by Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific uncovered a significant number of online sellers using fraudulent websites to con consumers. Products featured on the fake sites ranged from outdoor sporting goods to furniture.

Scammers advertised exceptional deals for the products listed but ultimately never delivered any of what was ordered to consumers. Examples of the fake websites identified include the following:

• www.anorakat.com

• www.autount.com

• www.chicklder.com

• www.duffletta.com

• www.hillorest.com

• www.kapocord.com

• www.rippealou.com

Online shoppers allege

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BBB Tip of the Week: ID Theft and Benefits Fraud

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic in April and May, hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs. This led to an astounding increase in unemployment benefits claims filed across the country.

However, by mid-May, another story emerged: Con artists were filing fraudulent unemployment claims using consumers’ identities. Fraudulent claims were indeed mistakenly paid out, and thousands of people had to file identity theft reports with the government.

Now, we’re able to see the quantifiable impact of this fallout.

The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed that identify theft officially moved up to its No. 1 spot for fraud as of the third quarter, outpacing the number of reports it gets for imposter scams (i.e., fake phone calls and emails claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control or Social Security Administration). This was due in large part to the high volume of benefits fraud that occurred.

So

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