If you think you are the target of a fraud scheme, or you think there is a fraud scheme potential, who do you call? That’s a good question! Do you call the local police department? No. There is a federal Trade Commission that anything goes over via email, you can report it to the FTC. You can get online. There is a complaint area, but it’s just an online reporting system. There is a local FBI office. You can get on the website for FBI, go to the Louisville office, and you report it online. They do follow up with you. It does sometimes take a few weeks.
The bottom line is when you think you have a fraud, it’s good to turn in the allegation and turn in the information to the FBI, It is not an immediate response like you would think, like calling the police in an emergency. If somebody’s trying to hack you, if you’re in the middle of being hacked, where you’re fighting them because you know somebody’s trying to hack you, what you can do is get the IP addresses and contact the FBI and turn over the IP addresses to the FBI. They will, not all the time … Again, they claim they can’t follow up on every lead, but they can tell you where those are coming from, a lot of times. A lot of times when this happens, it’s coming from overseas.
You have to be very careful to have software security on your computer, so that your keystrokes are not opening, clicking on links, being memorized, and then they’re getting into your accounts. Please … We ask our clients and customers to be very wary. Make sure you have up-to-date privacy software and protection; security on the internet. On the machines that you’re using, make sure you have up-to-date software.