Examine E-Mail Carefully to Avoid Scams

Over the weekend there was a reported security breach at Dallas-based firm Epsilon. The breach resulted in the exposure of names and email addresses of the customers of several companies such as Target, Kroger, TiVo, US Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, Citi, Home Shopping Network, Ameriprise Financial, LL Bean Visa Card, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Marriott Rewards, Walgreens, Best Buy, Hilton Hotels, and others.

CNET has posted a video explaining the situation. A Newsy report on YouTube points out that Epsilon is being criticized for not having better safeguards in place, such as "encrypting consumer databases and requiring two-factor authentication."

Jefferson Consulting's clients should be diligent against possible phishing scams in the upcoming weeks. MacWord's Chris Breen has some recommendations for checking suspicious email.

Many retailers affected by the Epsilon breach are notifying their customers and warning them not to trust emails that ask for sensitive information. Suspected phishing e-mails can be forwarded to reportphishing@antiphishing.org and spam@uce.gov.

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