Safety Around the Holidays with EPG

With all of our  winter and fall holidays being  around the corner, it’s easy to get distracted around large family gatherings or when shopping so here are a few reminders to remember for this year’s busy holiday season. Holiday Safety is nothing to ignore.

At Eagle Protective Group, we offer more than just on site security, we offer security tips to our viewers because we know that we can’t be there to protect you every minute of the day.

  1. Holiday RecallsRecall Reconnaissance. 

Our first tip revolves around safety. You may looking to purchase re-sale or refurbished items off the internet or in second hand stores. Make sure to check anything you purchase against recall notices. Of our top concerns, items like infant car seats, cribs, chairs and all toys should be checked against the master recall list the government puts out. Visit https://www.recalls.gov/ to check your potential purchase against recall records. This list is also good for looking up vehicle, food or medicine recalls as well, it’s wise to keep it as a bookmark on your internet browser and use it often!

2. Package Awareness

We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s even more important during the holidays to keep tabs on the incoming shipments you are expecting in the mail. Thieves will follow Fed ex or UPS trucks, hoping you aren’t home to steal your packages that were just delivered. If  you can afford to purchase a temporary mail box rental, or have a neighbor you can trust to take your packages, you can prevent theft this holiday season.  If you are an Amazon consumer, consider using their new Amazon Locker Service which delivers your packages to pre-arranged lockers located at convenience stores near you.

3. Shopping Security

Security is usually overwhelmed during the holiday season. They cannot watch every vehicle in the lot awaiting the inevitable thief breaking into cars looking for unwrapped gifts for your family. When doing your holiday shopping, plan your trips accordingly so that you are not forced to leave valuable gifts in your vehicle. If you must leave packages in your car, it is absolutely essential you make sure they are hidden and your vehicle looks empty, and watch for people in the area who may be watching you stuff your trunk with boxes.

Check with internal mall security to see if there is a package valet service that will hold your purchases until you are ready to leave.

You must also be careful and mindful of your surroundings. Stay off your cellphone when looking for your car, criminals are always looking for people who are unaware to steal or assault.

4. Money Mayhem

Money usually flows faster than a river around the holidays. Keep tabs on your credit card and bank statements, making sure to keep receipts close by and check for inconsistencies. Try not to use debit cards too. Clerks rely on distracted shoppers to steal card numbers to do their own shopping when you’ve left the store so keep a close eye on those statements!

5. Fire Safety

batterycandleMany holiday traditions this season involve the use of lit candles inside the home. It’s very easy to forget that you’ve left the house with a candle lit, so make it a safer holiday by replacing your candles with battery operated versions that can stay on all night without setting so much as a match on fire. These types of candles have come a long way, and from a certain distance, they are indistinguishable from real candles. Make sure to keep any indoor Christmas trees watered and any outdoor landscaping that contains lights should be sufficiently watered and trimmed to avoid electrical issues.

We hope that these tips have helped you re-center and remember what’s important this holiday season. You and your family of course!

Be safe and have a great happy holiday season, from Eagle Protective Group.

 

 


 

Eagle Protective Group loves their customers, and we take great care in understanding our customer’s private security patrol needs. Whether you need us for a short event, or long term for your church or school, EPG can cater our services to fit your exact profile.

We also offer Private Security Services such as:

  • Gated Community Security (Guards)
  • Security Guard Services for Businesses, schools, and churches.
  • Private Body Guards
  • Concierge Services
  • Celebrity Protection
  • Executive Protection Agents
  • Private Investigative Services
  • VIP Luxury Living Protection
  • VIP Transportation and more!

Contact us to find out how we can protect you or your business.

Internet Security Tips: The Blackmail Scam

Eagle Protective Group offers more than security guard services in Dallas, we go out of our way to educate and inform the public on various security related situations that can affect you at home and away.

This week we’re talking about protecting your children (both young and adult children) from various scams aimed solely at them.

Children these days are brought up in a totally immersive atmosphere of social media, online gaming, and communication.  As parents, it’s crucial to discuss all the dangers that lurk in all of these avenues, but one that may overlooked is an embarrassing topic.

It’s very important that you as a parent, sit your child down and discuss the nature of Blackmail Scams perpetrated through communication software such as Facebook video, Skype, and any other software that allows mutual video camera connections. Talking with them now, will save them from scams like this well into adulthood.

Teenagers especially, spend an inordinate amount of time online talking with friends and strangers about anything and everything. When it comes to hormones which are raging during this period of life, it’s easy to control the conversation by inventing a close love relationship between two individuals that don’t even know each other in the real world. Males especially, with the expectation of “show me yours and I’ll show you mine” fall prey to strangers on the internet making demands of them to show themselves in compromising positions.

While most black mail scams target males, females are equally at risk.

The stranger on the other end of the connection will ask your child to take photos without their clothes on or even worse, perform sex acts upon themselves in full view of the camera.  The stranger will then show the video back to your child on youtube or other video sharing site and demand a ransom or else the video will be published on Facebook or other social media in front of parents, friends, and fellow employees.

While people who commit these blackmail crimes do not all have the power to spread this video around the internet in a way that will tear your child’s social life apart (and yours), many do, so it’s important, VERY IMPORTANT to explain to your children that nothing good ever came from dropping their pants on camera for a stranger online.

Most of the requests for nudity on the internet are part of these black mail scams and your children (young and adult) need to know this. Never be afraid to sit down with them and explain that the people they meet online may not even be “real”, just scammers with fake photos to lure them into doing sexual acts on camera so they can be blackmailed later.

For more information fighting and avoiding these blackmail scams, please visit the following links:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37735369

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/italian-seductresses-blackmail-men-skype-sex-scam,news-18464.html

 


Eagle Protective Group loves their customers, and we take great care in understanding our customer’s private security patrol needs. Whether you need us for a short event, or long term for your church or school, EPG can cater our services to fit your exact profile.

We also offer Private Security Services such as:

  • Gated Community Security (Guards)
  • Security Guard Services for Businesses, schools, and churches.
  • Private Body Guards
  • Concierge Services
  • Celebrity Protection
  • Executive Protection Agents
  • Private Investigative Services
  • VIP Luxury Living Protection
  • VIP Transportation and more!

Contact us to find out how we can protect you or your business.

High Tech and Unsafe. Toys and Gear You Should be Aware of this Season

Holiday season is upon us, and many of you are thinking about purchasing high tech toys and gadgets that create fun for kids and some may be High Tech and Unsafe.

Today we’ll go over a few items that may be on your shopping list and how they can be hacked or used without your knowledge if you don’t use them correctly.

Baby Monitors

High tech and Unsafe : Baby MonitorsGreat for keeping an eye on the tiniest of your family, baby monitors have provided security and peace of mind for parents all over the world. But did you know that some baby monitors which are wireless, when turned on have a default setting that leaves them open to viewing from anywhere in the world? Read all pertinent security information in the manual to secure the video feed with a password and if the device comes with a permanent password that cannot be changed, do not purchase this device as the information is published elsewhere and creeps can still view the monitor even with a password.

More information on research done on various models: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/baby-monitors-connect-internet-vulnerable-hackers-cybersecurity/

Wi-Fi enabled Toys

High tech and Unsafe: WiFi enabled Barbie DollMattel’s Wi-Fi enabled Barbie doll can easily be hacked to turn it into a surveillance device for listening into conversations without your knowledge. The doll connects to the internet via Wi-Fi, has a microphone to record children, and sends that information off to third-parties for processing before responding to your child’s question with programmed responses.

According to a coalition of consumer-interest organizations, the makers of two “smart” kids toys — the My Friend Cayla doll and the i-Que Intelligent Robot — are allegedly violating laws in the U.S. and overseas by collecting this sort of voice data without obtaining consent.

More information on this doll: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/nov/26/hackers-can-hijack-wi-fi-hello-barbie-to-spy-on-your-children

Other toys: https://consumerist.com/2016/12/06/these-toys-dont-just-listen-to-your-kid-they-send-what-they-hear-to-a-defense-contractor/

 

 

Tablets, iPads

High tech and Unsafe: tablets, ipadsMany parents give away tablets as gifts (iPads, Android) as a way to introduce their young children to teach them the basics of computing. It’s very important to download security applications so that as a parent you can control which websites and games your child can play as well as turn off important additions to game applications that allow purchasing.

More information on parental control applications for your child’s devices: http://mamabearapp.com/parental-control-apps-android/

Handy timers to reduce time spent on these devices (so you don’t have to be the bad guy): http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-parental-control-apps,review-2258.html

Unsecured W-Fi Hotspots

Perhaps you’re taking a break at the mall while shopping, or just enjoying a cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop. When you log into an unsecured free wifi connection this is what people can see on your device: webpages you’ve visited and passwords you’ve entered. That’s not exactly something you’d want to share, so it’s very important to never use free wifi for banking or accessing other personal information accounts. Don’t gamble your identity and stay connected to your phones 3G or 4G connection for safer browsing.

More information on unsecured wi-fi hotspots: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043095/heres-what-an-eavesdropper-sees-when-you-use-an-unsecured-wi-fi-hotspot.html


 

Eagle Protective Group loves their customers, and we take great care in understanding our customer’s private security patrol needs. Whether you need us for a short event, or long term for your church or school, EPG can cater our services to fit your exact profile.

We also offer Private Security Services such as:

  • Gated Community Security (Guards)
  • Security Guard Services for Businesses, schools, and churches.
  • Private Body Guards
  • Concierge Services
  • Celebrity Protection
  • Executive Protection Agents
  • Private Investigative Services
  • VIP Luxury Living Protection
  • VIP Transportation and more!

Contact us to find out how we can protect you or your business.

Halloween Safety Tips!

Safety during HalloweenHalloween is around the corner, and Halloween Safety is important!  Eagle Protective Group wants you and your family to make sure this holiday is a safe one.  What could be more fun than trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, or costume parties?

Here are a few security safety tips when enjoying this spooky fun evening!

  • Snacking: Children shouldn’t snack on treats from their goody bags while they’re out trick-or-treating. Give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach. Urge them to wait until they get home and let you inspect their loot before they eat any of it.
  • Safe treats: Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
  • Food Allergies: If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Do not allow the child to eat any home-baked goods he or she may have received.
  • Choking hazards: If you have very young children, be sure to remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.

Bobbing for apples is an all-time favorite Halloween game. Here are a couple of ways to say “boo” to bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.

  • Reduce the number of bacteria that might be present on apples and other raw fruits and vegetables by thoroughly rinsing them under cool running water. As an added precaution, use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.
  • Try this new spin on apple bobbing from FightBAC.org: Cut out lots of apples from red construction paper. On each apple, write activities for kids, such as “do 5 jumping jacks.” Place a paper clip on each apple and put them in a large basket. Tie a magnet to a string. Let the children take turns “bobbing” with their magnet and doing the activity written on their apple. Give children a fresh apple for participating.

If your idea of Halloween fun is a party at home, don’t forget these tips:

  • Beware of spooky cider! Unpasteurized juice or cider can contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella. To stay safe, always serve pasteurized products at your parties.
  • No matter how tempting, don’t taste raw cookie dough or cake batter that contain uncooked eggs.
  • “Scare” bacteria away by keeping all perishable foods chilled until serving time. These include finger sandwiches, cheese platters, fruit or tossed salads, cold pasta dishes with meat, poultry, or seafood, and cream pies or cakes with whipped-cream and cream-cheese frostings.
  • Bacteria will creep up on you if you let foods sit out too long. Don’t leave perishable goodies out of the fridge for more than two hours (1 hour in temperatures above 90°F).

Eagle Protective Group loves their customers, and we take great care in understanding our customer’s private security patrol needs. Whether you need us for a short event, or long term for your church or school, EPG can cater our services to fit your exact profile.

We also offer Private Security Services such as:

  • Gated Community Security (Guards)
  • Security Guard Services for Businesses, schools, and churches.
  • Private Body Guards
  • Concierge Services
  • Celebrity Protection
  • Executive Protection Agents
  • Private Investigative Services
  • VIP Luxury Living Protection
  • VIP Transportation and more!

Contact us to find out how we can protect you or your business.

Back to School Safety with Eagle Protective Group

Back to School Safety!It’s that time of year again!

The smiles on your children’s faces are slowly being turned into frowns. For parents, however, back to school can be a great thing to reset the family schedule.  If your children are facing a new school or you’ve just moved to a new area, it’s time to re-assess school security issues.

Even though the school and its staff are responsible for your child’s safety, there are a few guidelines you should follow to make sure your child has a safe and fun return this year.

The following guidelines come from the National Association of Elementary School Principals:

Know your child’s school emergency procedures. Every student is given materials on how to stay safe at school, and it’s your job to review them every year for changes. Architectural changes could remove or add exits, for instance. New phone numbers may be added and having them tucked away in your phone is essential to staying on top of emergency situations when they occur. Review the safety information with your children every year. Confidence in emergency situations will help your child make it through difficult situations.

Create and share travel routes with your child. Do your children know which way you come from work to get to school to pick them up, or from the house to the school? You and your child knowing the route can make the difference in an emergency should you be unable to retrieve your child after school. If you live in an area with inclement weather at times, have alternate routes planned as well.

Never skip school security rules. Rules and guidelines are set to protect every child in the school. Breaking these rules puts your child and other’s in harm’s way. These rules may include registering your visit in the office, an escort when going through the building, or wearing a pass that marks you as a visitor. Set a great example for your kids and follow the school rules for visitors.

Engage with your child about school safety. Teaching children about paying attention to their inner voice, because sometimes that voice can save them from a situation.  Give them the protocol the school expects when they don’t feel safe for some reason, be it finding a teacher or principal or even call 911. It is also important that they have easy to access emergency contact information for you and a back-up contact should they need to call you.

Make sure to inform your school about your child. If your child has allergies, a disability or emotional concerns, make sure to TELL the school.  Keeping everyone informed keeps your child safe.

Stay involved.  Many schools will organize parents into groups to help with school safety in various capacities. If you have the time, consider joining one. It keeps you in the loop even more with the schools procedures and you might also meet a fellow parent to befriend!


Eagle Protective Group loves their customers, and we take great care in understanding our customer’s private security patrol needs. Whether you need us for a short event, or long term for your church or school, EPG can cater our services to fit your exact profile.

We also offer Private Security Services such as:

  • Gated Community Security (Guards)
  • Security Guard Services for Businesses, schools, and churches.
  • Private Body Guards
  • Concierge Services
  • Celebrity Protection
  • Executive Protection Agents
  • Private Investigative Services
  • VIP Luxury Living Protection
  • VIP Transportation and more!

Contact us to find out how we can protect you or your business.

Security Tip of the Week: Freelance Scams

The security pitfalls of being a Freelancer and Freelance Scams.

This week, for our special on scams and how to avoid them, we cover a security topic “freelance scams” that affect small business owners all over the United States, not just here in Dallas. Eagle Protective Group wants to protect you, not just through our Dallas security patrol services but in every facet. 

So what’s the security issue this week?  Scammers targeting small business owners.

The one thing small business owners have in common is the reach their resources have when conducting business.It’s very easy for scammers to take advantage of the little guy so let us tell you about it.

Many times, scammers use stolen credit cards to launder money through your small business. There are a million ways scammers can write a letter/email/call a small business owner or freelancer. These letters, we’ve discovered, all boil down to a few key basic scams.

  1. The fake cashier’s check. They send a fake cashiers check (or personal check, possibly stolen). You deposit it. They ask you to keep your portion and then suddenly say, hey can you send the rest to a related party to this transaction or job. You do so, the bank check finally bounces, you’re out the amount of the check, plus fees and you’re in hot legal water with your bank.
  2. Giving you a stolen credit card with which to launder funds. The contact details don’t match the company profile or any employee there (however employees can be made up). If you can find the card owner, contact them. (always call the bank of record about the validity of the card and never use an online site to “test” a card). Many states can make you liable for using stolen cards (even if you don’t know it’s stolen)
  3. 100% stealing of your services by non-payment. (Always get a deposit on services rendered if the price of your service is very large).

Tip offs that you’re dealing with a scammer:

  • It’s a rush job. There’s no time for a check to clear but flip side, they’re very patient with you.
  • They’ll pretend to not understand something that’s easy to learn (hence needing your expert help).
  • The CEO contacts you for a job that a lower ranked employee should be handling
  • The domain names of their websites are brand new.
  • Their email has a lot of typos or odd language choices.

How to do a preliminary investigation of a scammer:

  • Look up their domain name on whois.net. How old is the site?
  • Compare chunks of text on their site against Google to see if they’ve stolen content like testimonials. You should walk away if more than 25% of their site is made of stolen material.
  • Reverse search phone numbers, addresses, or anything you can to find discrepancies.
  • Look up corporate or dba records in their state of record. If they’re calling themselves a corporation and it’s not registered anywhere, run away.
  • Lastly, if you want to pay for it, you can ask for their EIN and compare it against records you can pay to access online (legally). Places like: https://www.einfinder.com/ or http://www.feinsearch.com/

Well, that’s all for this week about freelance scams. If you have any questions about this type of scam, please let us know.


Eagle Protective Group loves their customers, and we take great care in understanding our customer’s private security patrol needs. Whether you need us for a short event, or long term for your church or school, EPG can cater our services to fit your exact profile.

We also offer Private Security Services such as:

  • Gated Community Security (Guards)
  • Security Guard Services for Businesses, schools, and churches.
  • Private Body Guards
  • Concierge Services
  • Celebrity Protection
  • Executive Protection Agents
  • Private Investigative Services
  • VIP Luxury Living Protection
  • VIP Transportation and more!

Contact us to find out how we can protect you or your business.

The Care and Feeding of Your Security Guard

At Eagle Protective Group we assign only the best, skilled and professional security guard (s) to your home or business.

In return, here are a few tips to keep them happy, healthy and alert.

ENVIRONMENT

Keep Your Security Guards HappyThe day is over and your Eagle Protective Group armed or unarmed security guard is due to start his or her shift.

You close down your business, and your employees leave for the day and most likely your HVAC system shuts down. As the temperature rises, and your security guard is required to conduct internal searches, you are asking them to be at their tip top game in a hot stuffy building.

Consider altering your building’s environment to accommodate your security guard because they carry a lot of gear to protect your business. No one likes to work in a stuffy environment. Hot environments causes mental stress and distracts our staff from the from protecting you and/or your company.

CAMARADERIE

Our security guards are not only employees of Eagle Protective Group, they’re also part of YOUR team.  Include them in security briefings, or possible upgrades to anything that might involve them. They might discover an issue or situation you weren’t aware of and bring skilled security experience to your meetings. Also, coffee. Who says no to a hot steaming cup of coffee on the cusp of a late night shift? Our employees may bring their own meals for breaks but nothing says team spirit like including them in your coffee budget.

EQUIPMENT

Are you still operating off 20 year old vhs tapes and a fuzzy picture  security camera?  Consider upgrading your equipment because that will double your protective power combined with our security staff. Our guards can help you operate it, use it, and keep it operational while on duty. We give our armed security guards and our unarmed security guards the best tools to operate, and so should your business.  There are camera security systems for every type of company budget. If you need suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


 

Eagle Protective Group loves their customers, and we take great care in understanding our customer’s private security patrol needs. Whether you need us for a short event, or long term for your church or school, EPG can cater our services to fit your exact profile.

We also offer Private Security Services such as:

  • Gated Community Security (Guards)
  • Security Guard Services for Businesses, schools, and churches.
  • Private Body Guards
  • Concierge Services
  • Celebrity Protection
  • Executive Protection Agents
  • Private Investigative Services
  • VIP Luxury Living Protection
  • VIP Transportation and more!

Contact us to find out how we can protect you or your business.

Avoiding Scams – Security Tips from EPG: IRS Fraudulent Phone Calls

This is the third installment of useful security tips to avoid being scammed online.

At Eagle Protective Group we care deeply about our customers. We’re not just a service offering Dallas security guards, patrolling services and employment opportunities; we want to help you secure your business in ways you might not think are dangerous.

This weeks scam, covers more than online computer usage, it also involves calling your home or business to exact a fee for unpaid taxes.

The most important thing to remember when dealing with unusual calls from the IRS is: If you didn’t initiate a conversation with someone at the IRS, chances are the call you’re receiving is being made my a fraudulent thief trying to get access to your personal and very private information.

“IRS Phony Tax Calls”

How does this scam work?

This weeks scam, covers more than online computer usage, it also involves calling your home or business to exact a fee for unpaid taxes.Victims are told over the phone that they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. The callers are very abusive especially if you refuse to cooperate. They will even go so far as to suggest that you will be arrested if you do not give them the funds they say you owe. This tactic has worked on many poor souls who aren’t aware that the IRS does not employ bullies to extract monies owed to them.

Another tactic used over the phone is the promise returning withheld refunds and to get that money, the taxes owed must be paid. That’s not how the IRS works. If you still owe them, they contact you in writing, fully aware of what you owe or don’t owe at any given time.

The following are common characteristics of this scam:

  • Scammers will use false names and IRS identification numbers.
  • Scammers may be able to tell you the last four digits of your social security number, and that could be for different reasons (information breach and they’re using that data to force you to wire funds). Do not confirm your SSN with them.
  • Scammers will sometimes change the phone number (called ‘spoofing’) to make it appear as if the real IRS toll-free number is calling you.
  • Scammers may send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their fake calls.
  • You might hear background noise of other calls being conducted to make it appear to be coming from a large call site.
  • After threatening you with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers will hang up, and a while later they may call back and pretend to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If this type of scam happens to you:

  • Report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission via their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

This Security Tip has been brought to you by Eagle Protective Group, a Security Guard Service in Dallas working for the entire metro-plex. We offer security services that include: security guards, security guard patrols, and employment opportunities as a security guard in our Dallas offices.  To learn more about how Eagle Protective Group can help your company: click here.

Products you may want to avoid for home security.

Home Security Products that may be dangerous to own.

Home security, even in conjunction with security guards like the services Eagle Protective Group offers, requires a myriad of support products.

What you don’t know is some home security products have major design flaws with their product designs. We’ll go over a few products every month to help you avoid home security products that can fail easily.

The Biometric gun safe (GVB1000) from Gunvault:

This device, meant to protect your gun from theft, children, and fire, has one major design flaw that allows access with something as simple in design as a paper clip. A user on vimeo demonstrates how easy it is to pop this safe open with just one paper clip.

This is not a device you want around to protect you or your family.

To learn more about hand gun safes we encourage to you watch more videos by this user. Click here to visit Handgun Safe Research on Vimeo.

Master Locks

While Eagle Protective Group cannot say for sure that every Master Lock is a bad lock to choose for securing important items (guns, high priced personal items, etc), this particular expert on youtube has a poor opinion on the quality and craftsman ship on this once great lock brand. If you knew how easy it was to defeat one, you will probably run right out and search for newer better models that are harder to break.

This guy shows you how to break one particular model in just a few seconds.

To view more of his lock reviews (and destruction attempts), visit bosnianbill’s channel on youtube. Click here to watch his security reviews on various locks.

Next week, we’ll cover some other home security products you may be using around your home or business for security. And remember:


Eagle Protective Group loves their customers, and we take great care in understanding our customer’s private security patrol needs. Whether you need us for a short event, or long term for your church or school, EPG can cater our services to fit your exact profile.

We also offer Private Security Services such as:

  • Gated Community Security (Guards)
  • Security Guard Services for Businesses, schools, and churches.
  • Private Body Guards
  • Concierge Services
  • Celebrity Protection
  • Executive Protection Agents
  • Private Investigative Services
  • VIP Luxury Living Protection
  • VIP Transportation and more!

Contact us to find out how we can protect you or your business.

 

EPG’s 10 Best Articles about Scams. Protect yourself this coming year.

2015 Scams Round Up

We’ve rounded up what we think are the 10 best articles on the internet about protecting yourself from various scams that exist online, by phone and in person.  Eagle Protective Group wants our customers to be informed about more than the security guard services we offer, but in every day life. Knowledge is power, we say.

Seniors

Seniors are often targets of scams because they are often not internet savvy, or have trusting spirits. The Statesman has created a list of scams that prey on our seniors. Share this link with your parents, print it out and share it with them if they don’t have a computer, some of these scams are conducted over a phone.

http://www.statesman.com/news/business/consumer-advice/10-financial-scams-targeting-seniors-and-how-avoid/npcqW/

General Fraud

The government provides a quick overview on various scams that happen not just online but everywhere. For instance, did you know that the number of fake organizations that pop up increase dramatically after a natural disaster? Read on to learn more!

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0060-10-ways-avoid-fraud

Craigslist

Craigslist has become so popular that scammers relish the opportunity to take your money. This article is a must read before buying, selling or searching for a job or apartment on this well-loved website. We mean it!

https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

Proof No One Reads the Craigslist Article

Everyday, this website forum has people checking in after already having been scammed and because they didn’t READ THE CRAIGSLIST ARTICLE.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Scams/

For Students

Yep, scammers want your money too. Here’s a handy article about avoiding scams deliberately aimed at students looking for financial aid.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/scams

Google gets in on the warnings.

Google wants to help you understand how email is abused by scammers by offering up tips on how to spot fake ones.

https://www.google.com/goodtoknow/online-safety/scams/

FBI Advice

The Federal Bureau of Investigation fields thousands of calls each year from people who have been scammed online. They’ve put together this list of tips and advice to help you navigate various areas of the internet, such as auctions, and investment fraud.

https://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/internet_fraud

Lifehacker

Lifehacker proposes a complete guide to avoiding scams online, it’s a pretty large list so pull up a chair and a cup of tea.

http://lifehacker.com/5420356/the-complete-guide-to-avoiding-online-scams-for-your-less-savvy-friends-and-relatives

Identity Theft

USA.Gov has a thorough section of articles based soley on avoiding the theft of your identity. Having known several people this has happened to, we encourage you to read and understand how it happens so you can avoid it. It can take years and lost income to regain your identity!

https://www.usa.gov/identity-theft

Travel Scams

Many of you are thinking about spending the holidays on vacation to some idealic place far away from home. Here are some handy tips for avoiding scams while traveling. These are for Europe, but a lot of them apply anywhere.

https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/theft-scams/tourist-scams

 


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