Nassau County Emergency Management For Immediate Release 10/12/2016
Contact: Emergency Operations Center 12:00 p.m.
YULEE Fla- Nassau County Emergency Management is encouraging citizens to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity seeking to take advantage of victims of Hurricane Matthew. Residents are advised to exercise caution in handling any emails with subject lines, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Matthew, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source. Fraudulent emails will often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Emails requesting donations from deceptive charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters.
Use caution when encountering these types of email messages and take the following preventive measures to protect themselves from phishing scams and malware campaigns:
- Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.
- Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to the Using Caution with Email Attachments (https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-010) Cyber Security Tip for more information on safely handling email attachments.
- Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date.
- Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks (https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-014) Cyber Security Tip for more information on social engineering attacks.
- Review the Federal Trade Commission information on Charity Scams (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0011-charity-scams).
- Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB National Charity Report Index (http://give.org/charity-reviews/national).
Nassau County Emergency Managers are also warning citizens of a possible telephone scam related to Hurricane Matthew. If you receive any phone calls or voice mail messages asking you to call another number that you don’t recognize or if the caller is asking for personal information, be alert to a possible scam. Even if the caller identifies with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) do not return the call or provide any personal information without first verifying that it is a legitimate inquiry. Call the Nassau County EOC at (904) 548-0900 to confirm it is a legitimate request.
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