Cyber scams to watch out for this year

Author: Jodi Mohrmann, Managing editor of special projects, jmohrmann@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 23 2014 08:03:57 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 23 2014 12:00:00 AM EST
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According to the World Economic Forum, people in the United States were the target of 23-percent of global internet attacks last year. Staying safe is often as easy as staying educated. 

Your phone, your email, even your Facebook can all be the target of scammers. Here are some of the newest scams you should be aware of.

First, apps that aren’t familiar. Be careful downloading and using apps you don’t know about, as they can be used to steal your information. Be sure to do your research before using any app.

Next is the remote access scam. People will contact you claiming to work for Microsoft and ask to connect to your computer to fix a virus. From there they can take card information or even install an actual virus.

Tech experts think cloud storage systems may be the next target for scammers or hackers. The World Economic Forum believes intensifying cyber-attacks will be a defining global business issue for 2014.

The FBI offers the following advice you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud: