Why you should not give in to scare tactics


Cybercriminals use fear as a tool to exploit users into giving them what they want. Knowing how to call their bluff could save you money, time and protect your data. 

How can you avoid falling for scare tactics? 
  • Take a moment before reacting to a cyber threat.
    • Malicious actors could try to pressure you into making a quick decision to avoid giving you enough time to reach out to get IT help.
  • By using scare tactics, cybercriminals could lead you to a harmful link or malware to create damage.
    • To avoid this, never click on any links or open any attachments given to you by them. 
  • If they warn you that you have a virus on your computer, try running an antivirus software to verify their claim.
    • Often, there is no virus present on your device until you click a malicious link they provide to “help” you.
  • Any threats to financial accounts should be directed to the actual company.
    • If they try to intimidate you by claiming they will sell or steal your banking information, immediately contact your bank to confirm any intrusions or odd activity on your accounts. 
  • Do your best to familiarize yourself with common cyber attacks. For more information, check out previous articles detailing these types of attacks. 
  • If you receive any threats or see suspicious activity on your account reach out to ITCC for assistance.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact IT Customer Care at (718) 817-3999 or via email to: HelpIT@fordham.edu.

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