Category Archives: Video Dispatches

Video Dispatch: Phishing

Just the other day I got to see my first fake Facebook login page. Someone had posted several status updates that said something to the effect of “LOL! FRIENDS IN FUNNY VIDEO” and a link that was disguised with a URL shortener (bit.ly or tr.im or something).

The page it linked to was an exact duplicate of the real Facebook login page, at least to my eyes. The only difference was that the URL was an IP address, not “facebook.com.”

Crooks set these pages up to steal login and password information. Just so they can vandalize your Facebook page, right?

Wrong.

Once they have control of your account, they may try to contact your friends via Facebook Chat, with a variation on “Help! I’m in London and got mugged, please wire money to…”

At any rate, since I was already thinking about phishing, I thought it was time to do a Video Dispatch on the topic. Enjoy!

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Video Dispatch: Shred Your Documents

Yesterday (Thursday the 22nd), REGIONAL hosted a free Shred Day for our members. Secure Shred, a division of Opportunity Enterprises, came out and did some on-site document destruction for our members. I made this quick video in the meantime, with a reminder to get a crosscut shredder and use it regularly (plus some cool shred truck footage).

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Video Dispatch: Twitter Phishing

Clicking links on Twitter can be hazardous. Fake links can lead to malware or sites designed to steal your password. Additionally, cybersquatters posing as your credit union or bank may attempt to get you to reveal personal identifying information. Keep your guard up; there are some real dangers hidden among all that pointless babble.

Note: Videos hosted on YouTube contain links to other video content, which will play on the current page if clicked. REGIONAL Federal Credit Union is in no way affiliated with or responsible for this content and has no control over videos or advertisements that may be linked from our video content.

Video Dispatch: Mystery Shopper Scams Forever

All this talk about secret shopper scams got me to thinking, which led to me writing a silly song about it (and attempting to pay homage to Billy Bragg in my own wonky way).

Our protagonist in the song wonders aloud why these scammers don’t just stop trying, since he’s not buying it, but the reason they do it is that these scams still work on way too many people. They’re not going to stop until it’s no longer a source of easy income. Please, don’t be a victim of a mystery shopper scam. You have the power to choose.

Oh why don’t they just stop?
Oh why don’t they desist?
I refuse to be a victim—
How can I tell them this?

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Video Dispatch: Confessions of a CITRMS

I haven’t put out a new video dispatch for awhile, so here’s a little story about that time I gave out personal information to an unsolicited caller. It turned out fine, but still…whatta doofus.

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Video Dispatch: Jury Duty Scams

This is one that crops up every now and again: using people’s natural fear of federal prison to get them to reveal personal information. The hook this time is jury duty—they tell you that you didn’t report, and that you’re going to be arrested unless you give them personal and credit card information immediately.

If you miss jury duty, they’ve already got your information. If they’re going to arrest you, they’re not going to call you first. It’s an easy one too see through, if you just calm down and think. The hard part is seeing through that moment of panic.

Enjoy my crummy acting on this one. Hey, I had a good time making the video, so you have fun watching it.

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Video Dispatch: Protect Your SSN

Today’s Video Dispatch is a “musical number” of sorts. The song is called “Protect Your Social Talking Blues,” and while I’m not sure if it qualifies as a true talking blues per se, its message is vital: you have to be careful when it comes to giving out your Social Security Number. There are situations where you have to give it (opening new financial accounts, getting a new job, doing your taxes), and there are times when you need to keep it to yourself.

Yes, that’s me “singing” and playing all the instruments (through the magic of home recording equipment). It’s not my normal style of music, but it works for the information I’m delivering here.

Note: Videos hosted on YouTube contain links to other video content, which will play on the current page if clicked. REGIONAL Federal Credit Union is in no way affiliated with or responsible for this content and has no control over videos or advertisements that may be linked from our video content.

Video Dispatch: Mystery Shopper Scams

Why not get things started with the first Video Dispatch?

The topic this time is the offers for “mystery shopper” jobs you sometimes see on the Internet, in the newspaper or taped to telephone poles. A huge percentage of those offers are scams. There’s some more information on the topic available in the Fact Sheets section.

Incidentally, the theme song is a synthesized little number I wrote (using some very old Cakewalk software) called “Funk Prevention Unit.” Anytime you hear music in a Video Dispatch, that’s me; mostly because I’m not willing to go through the hassle of licensing other people’s music.

Also, we are looking into hosting videos through other avenues than YouTube. For now, though, I have to throw in the following disclaimer:

Note: Videos hosted on YouTube contain links to other video content, which will play on the current page if clicked. REGIONAL Federal Credit Union is in no way affiliated with or responsible for this content and has no control over videos or advertisements that may be linked from our video content.