Technology Tidbits

By Sarah Bearbower, IIT

Beware of Scam Emails/Texts

Scammers are preying on people who have made a lot of online purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Be on the lookout for “Shipping Problem” emails supposedly from FedEx, UPS, or the U.S. Postal Service stating they tried to deliver a package from a company but could not deliver due to an incomplete address.

Beware of “Please click on the link to correct the address and you will get your package.” If you do, your computer is likely to get infected with malware. Warn everyone in the family, especially teenagers.

Watch out for alerts via text to your smartphone to “confirm delivery” from FedEx, UPS, or the U.S. Postal Service, and then asks you for some personal information. Don’t enter anything.

There is also a fake refund scam going on that claims to come from a big retailer. It states there was a “wrong transaction” and wants you to “click for refund” but instead, your device could be infected with malware. 
Think before you click.

Most retailers, as well as the Viterbo IIT department, will not send you an email asking for your username and password.

Have a merry and cyber-safe holiday season.