FBI shares tips to keep Tennesseans cyber safe
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The FBI in Memphis wants Tennesseans to #BeCyberSmart.
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the Memphis Field Office is sharing tips to help prevent online crime.
The FBI’s cyber safety tips include:
- Keeping software systems up-to-date, and use a good anti-virus program.
- Examining the email address and URLs in all correspondence. The FBI says scammers often mimic a
legitimate site or email address by using a slight variation in spelling.
- If an unsolicited text message, email, or phone call asks you to update, check, or verify
your account information, do not follow the link provided in the message itself or call the
phone numbers provided in the message. Go to the company’s website to log into your
account or call the phone number listed on the official website to see if something does in
fact need your attention.
- Do not open any attachments unless you are expecting the file, document, or invoice and
have verified the sender’s email address.
- Scrutinizing all electronic requests for a payment or transfer of funds.
- Being extra suspicious of any message that urges immediate action.
- Confirm requests for wire transfers or payment in person or over the phone as part of a
two-factor authentication process. Do not verify these requests using the phone number
listed in the request for payment.
The FBI also wants you to know that you can report online crimes here.
You can also find ways to keep children safe here.