May 31, 2013 12:46
The FBI has seen an increase in cyber criminals who use online photo-sharing programs to perpetrate scams and harm victims’ computers. These criminals advertise vehicles online but will not provide pictures in the advertisement. They will send photos on request. Sometimes the photo is a single file sent as an e-mail attachment, and sometimes the victim receives a link to an online photo gallery.
The photos can/often contain malicious software that infects the victims” computer, directing them to fake websites that look nearly identical to the real site where they originally saw the advertisement. The cyber criminals run all aspects of these fake websites, including “tech support” or “live chat support,” and any “recommended” escrow services. After the victim agrees to purchase the item and makes the payment, the criminals stop responding to correspondence. The victims never receive any merchandise.
The FBI urges consumers to protect themselves when shopping online. Here are a few tips for staying safe:
- Be cautious if you are on an auction site and lose an auction and the seller contacts you later saying the original bidder fell through.
- Make sure websites are secure and authenticated before you purchase an item online. Use only well-known escrow services.
- Research to determine if a car dealership is real and how long it has been in business.
- Be wary if the price for the item you’d like to buy is severely undervalued; if it is, the item is likely fraudulent.
- Scan files before downloading them to your computer.
- Keep your computer software, including the operating system, updated with the latest patches.
- Ensure your anti-virus software and firewalls are current – they can help prevent malware infections.
For more information, visit http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety.
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May 31, 2013 12:43
Sunday, June 2, 11:00am to 5:00pm, is Main Street Ann Arbor's Taste of Ann Arbor. Bank of Ann Arbor is pleased to present the entertainment as a taste of our upcoming Sonic Lunch season. This annual community event features local restaurants offering bite size, and some not so bite size, tastes of what they do best. Tickets for food tastes can be purchased at the event for $0.50 each.
Family fun abounds with live entertainment throughout the day sponsored by yours truly. Stop by the Bank of Ann Arbor tent at the corner of Main and Liberty to say hello, grab a bite and enjoy the wonderful local music.
For a list of participating restaruants and performers, visit www.mainstreetannarbor.org.
May 24, 2013 3:49
Bank of Ann Arbor's offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, in honor of Memorial Day. All offices will be open regular business hours on Tuesday. Offices with Saturday hours will be open on May 25.
May 10, 2013 8:30
Ann Arbor, Michigan, Friday, May 10, 2013 – Bank of Ann Arbor is pleased to announce the complete line-up of performers for the 2013 season of Sonic Lunch.
Now in its sixth year, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is a free summer outdoor concert series happening at the corner of Liberty and Division in downtown Ann Arbor. Every Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm beginning on June 6 and concluding on August 29, Sonic Lunch features a live band from an impressive array of bands from the region as well as national and international acts.
6/06 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
6/13 Darren Criss w/s/g Theo Katzman* (at Michigan Theater)
6/20 Family of the Year
6/27 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
7/11 Luke Winslow-King
7/25 Brett Dennen w/s/g Dan Henig*
8/01 The Ragbirds
8/08 Laith Al-Saadi
8/15 Greensky Bluegrass
8/22 Kopecky Family Band w/s/g Kate Peterson*
8/29 George Bedard & The Kingpins
When: Thursdays, June 6 through August 29, 2013, Noon to 1:30pm (*all concerts with a special guest (w/s/g) will begin at 11:30am.)
Where: Liberty Plaza (corner of Division and Liberty streets) in downtown Ann Arbor
More information: www.soniclunch.com
May 9, 2013 2:54
This article from NetworkWorld.com highlights 9 classic but clever ways we should all be alert to. We urge you to remind friends, family members and coworkers to not fall for these scams.
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May 8, 2013 2:58
Phishing Attacks On Telecommunication Customers Resulting In Account Takeovers
The Internet Crime Complaint Center has received numerous reports of phishing attacks targeting various telecommunication companies' customers. Individuals receive automated telephone calls that claim to be from the victim's telecommunication carrier. Victims are directed to a phishing site to receive a credit, discount, or prize ranging from $300 to $500.
The phishing site is a replica of one of the telecommunication carrier's sites and requests the victims' log-in credentials and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers. Once victims enter their information, they are redirected to the telecommunication carrier’s actual website. The subject then makes changes to the customer's account.
The IC3 urges the public to be cautious of unsolicited telephone calls, e-mails and text messages, especially those promising some type of compensation for supplying account information. If you receive such an offer, verify it with the business associated with your account before supplying any information. Use the information supplied on your account statement to contact the business.