THE SKEPTICAL

IMPOSTER

A FORM OF FRAUD WHERE SOMEONE PRETENDS TO BE A LEGITIMATE BUSINESS, ORGANIZATION, OR PERSON TO DEFRAUD VICTIMS AND STEAL MONEY OR SENSITIVE INFORMATION.

Imposter scams can be financially devastating and emotionally traumatic. These imposters not only target the vulnerable like the elderly who might be less internet-savvy, they pray on anyone by any means necessary.

FINANCIAL

THESE SCHEMES COME IN MANY FORMS, FROM FAKE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO PHISHING EMAILS, BUT THEY ALL SHARE THE COMMON GOAL OF SEPARATING PEOPLE FROM THEIR HARD-EARNED SAVINGS.

Scammers are masters of manipulation, using lies, pressure tactics, and elaborate ruses to gain people's trust—grand promises of easy profits or financial relief, preying on people's desires for wealth and security. In the end, despite their outward legitimacy, these scams ultimately deliver nothing of value.

IDENTITY THEFT

A DANGEROUS CRIME THAT INVOLVES STEALING SOMEONE'S PERSONAL INFORMATION AND USING IT FRAUDUENTLY. OFTEN STARTING WITH THE CRIMINAL OBTAINING PIECES OF PRIVATE DATA LIKE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, BIRTHDAY OR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS.

With enough of this key information these criminals can access victim's financial accounts, open new credit cards or loans, or even file fraudulent tax returns.

HACKED

HACKED DEVICES AND ACCOUNTS ARE A GROWING CONCERN IN TODAYS DIGITAL AGE. AS MORE OF OUR LIVES MOVE ONLINE, FROM BANKING AND SHOPPING TO SOCIAL MEDIA AND WORK, THE THREAT FROM HACKERS ALSO INCREASES.

A hacked device or account can lead to stolen personal information, identity theft, financial loss, and embarrassment from leaked private data.

Preventing hacks requires vigilance- using strong unique passwords, enabling two-step authentication, keeping software updated, avoiding suspicious links and downloads, and being alert to phishing attempts. With hacking capabilities advancing, no one is immune. Even the most responsible users can still fall victim. Staying informed about the latest threats and taking preventative measures can help reduce the chances of you or your data falling into the wrong hands.

CYBERBULLYING

HARASSMENT

ARE SERIOUS ISSUES THAT CAN HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON VICTIMS. WITH THE RISE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIGITAL COMMUNICATION, HARASSING AND BULLYING OTHERS ONLINE HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY COMMON, ESPECIALLY AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.

Cyberbullying involves using electronic means such as text, emails, messaging platforms, and social media to intentionally embarrass, threaten, intimidate, or target a person. The constant barrage of harassing messages and attacks can lead a victim to feel anxious, depressed, isolated, and even suicidal.

If you or someone you know has these feelings or thoughts please reach out, you are not alone.

Call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

REACH OUT

REPORT

NOW

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National Cybersecurity Alliance: Empowering a Secure Digital World  In an age where our lives are intertwined with technology, ensuring a safe digital environment has become paramount. Amidst this...