Nobody wants to hear from the IRS. If you do, you immediately fear that they want more of your money. Email scammers have been using that fear to target unsuspecting computer users for years.

There has recently been another series of spam emails being received that appear to be official notices from the IRS or forwarded emails from some claiming to be friends, vendors or clients.. These emails attempt to lure the recipients into either opening a word attachment or clicking on a supplied link to a fraudulent web site. Once done, this action may cause you to download a malicious virus to your computer. These viruses’ may disable elements of your computer or may silently collect any personal information stored on your computer.

There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from such an occurrence.

  1. Do not open any emails, attachments or click on any links from senders that you do not recognize or emails that you were not expecting from the sender.
  2. Make sure you have an anti-virus program properly installed on your system and verify that it is being consistently updated.
  3. Install a firewall to help prevent access to the files on your computer.
  4. Scan and clean your computer regularly to find and eliminate any spyware or potentially malicious files.

According to Trend Micro, Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows, leaving this software vulnerable to exploitation. Read More »

Due to the recent increase in CryptoLocker threats, please be advised that ABN will be blocking all zip file attachments in emails. This blocking will remain in effect until the threat subsides. If you receive an email file attachment named, or anything similar, please DO NOT open it.