Scams Articles

Scams Can Happen Close to Home

We want our members to stay safe and secure, so we will share stories to help people know what to do when receiving a potential scam. One of our members received a call from a company claiming to be affiliated with Xcel Energy stating they were going to disconnect his...

Advanced Look-alike Login Pages

Here’s a popular phishing scenario: You receive an email with a link. The link takes you to a phony login page with the name and logo of a legitimate website. Once you submit your username and password, the information is sent straight to the bad guys. Cybercriminals...

“Is this a video of you?” Nope, That’s a Phish

It’s no secret that cybercriminals love social media. Bad guys use platforms like Facebook and Instagram to impersonate your real friends and followers. Using this disguise, the scammers try to trick you into sharing sensitive information.Here’s a common scam that is...

Protect Yourself from Scammers

Scammers can threaten you with everything from shutting off power to your home to legal action. Don’t fall victim to these types of scams. Meeker Cooperative would like to remind you of ways to avoid scams. Co-op employees will never show up at your door to demand...
Top 10 Cybersecurity Tips for Holiday Shopping

Top 10 Cybersecurity Tips for Holiday Shopping

For most of us, the holiday season is about friends, family, food—and shopping! Black Friday and Cyber Monday fall just after Thanksgiving in the U.S., but internationally, they are two of the busiest shopping days of the year. Unfortunately, while you’re looking for...

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Smishing Gains Popularity with Bad Guys

Smishing Gains Popularity with Bad Guys

Many services, from grocery pickup to credit score updates, offer notifications via text messages or short message service (SMS). Typically, these notifications are short, vague, and include a link—which makes them great for spoofing! Bad guys use fake notification...

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Trusted Third Parties Used as Phish Bait

Trusted Third Parties Used as Phish Bait

Working with a third-party organization can be a great help, but what happens if that third party falls victim to a cybersecurity attack? Not only could your organization’s shared data be exposed, but you may become the target of a very unique phishing...

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Simple, yet Effective Vishing Scams

Simple, yet Effective Vishing Scams

Voice phishing, or “Vishing”, is a phishing attack conducted by phone. This is a classic tactic that bad guys typically use to collect your credit card or financial data, along with other personal information. Here’s an example: You receive a call from someone...

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Survey Says… It’s a Scam

Survey Says… It’s a Scam

Some retailers use online surveys to learn more about their customers. Completed surveys are often rewarded with small consolations, like a coupon. Sounds fun, right? The bad guys sure think so! Scammers are posing as well-known brands and sending emails that...

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