Financial SafetyGone Phishing: Protecting Against Online Attacks

September 22, 2022by Bailey Wealth Services

Identity theft is a growing concern that impacts millions of Americans every year. According to a recent study, 1 more than 14 million Americans fell victim to online theft in 2018, with 23% of of those incurring unreimbursed personal expenses, up three-fold from just two years prior.

Identity theft occurs when a thief obtains your personal information — account numbers, Social Security number, personal ID and password, banking information — and uses that information to commit fraud. They can use that information to steal money from your accounts, take out credit cards or obtain loans in your name, and commit various other types of financial fraud.

Thieves can steal your personal information both offline and online, and their attacks are growing increasingly sophisticated, making them more difficult to identify and prevent.

Cyber Attacks

Cyber-attacks continue to dominate news headlines and have been responsible for compromising the data of millions of Americans. There are two primary methods that cyber thieves use to steal personal information — social engineering and phishing.

Social engineering happens when a thief tricks online users into performing an online action that gives them access to your system and its data. They may send a text message that includes a link that when clicked, leads the user to a website where the thieves then collect personal information.

A phishing attack happens when the cybercriminal lures a victim to a website that appears to be legitimate, but in fact is a front that tricks the victim into entering their personal information.

During these and other attacks, cyber criminals can infect your system with malicious code via email attachments, infected search engine results, and documents on social networking sites. They can also attack smartphones by corrupting otherwise legitimate apps that when installed, provide the criminals with access to the device and its information. They can even sometimes control the device remotely.

Protect Your Devices and Personal Information

The Federal Bureau of Investigation offers a number of tips to help protect yourself from cyber-attacks:

  • Never divulge credit card information or other personal identifying information online or over the phone unless you initiate the communication.
  • Regularly reconcile your financial statements, and notify your bank of any discrepancies immediately.
  • Monitor your online accounts regularly, reporting unauthorized transactions to your bank, credit card company, and law enforcement.
  • Review your credit report annually, notifying the credit bureau in writing if you discover any questionable entries.
  • Report any instances of people receiving mail from financial institutions in the names of others to law enforcement.

If you discover that your identity has been compromised, ask the credit bureau to enter that information into your credit report.

Finally, review any solicitation from an email or text message for you to update your personal information, activate an account, or enter your personal information. Be careful, too, when downloading any attachment or file from the Internet. And make sure that your computers are protected with cybersecurity software.

 

This material is for general information only and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. There is no assurance that the views or strategies discussed are suitable for all investors or will yield positive outcomes. Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal.

This material was prepared by LPL Financial, LLC.

1 https://www.javelinstrategy.com/coverage-area/2019-identity-fraud-report-fraudsters-seek-new-targets-and-victims-bear-brunt.

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Holly Farrar

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As director of First Impressions, I strive to make sure our clients have a comfortable and meaningful experience while providing remarkable customer service at the highest standards. I enjoy going to local Everett events and festivities while spending time with friends and family. I love to read, especially dystopian novels.  I am involved in volunteering opportunities within the community including grocery shopping for homebound people, coffee trailer and first responder appreciation.

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Training

Holly Studied Business and Management at Sno-Isle Business and Management & Everett Community College. She has over 20 years of customer service and administrative experience.

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Holly’s focus is to create meaningful connections between our clients and our office. She schedules appointments, answers calls, processes transactions, preparing paperwork to maintain accounts as well as opening new accounts, and transfers.

Albert Ballesteros

With over 25 years of customer service working in the Financial Industry and the State of Washington, Albert is a welcome addition to the service team. He helps with opening new accounts and servicing current accounts. You have probably received appointment reminders from him. He also works with the marketing team in planning monthly letters to clients, planning special events and creating the weekly newsletters.
In his spare time, he volunteers at Northshore Christian Church, having completed two mission trips to the Philippines and has a passion for singing. He enjoys playing and watching most sports but is especially an avid fan of the Everett Silvertips.

Education and Biography

TRAINING

Albert attended Honolulu Community College where he obtained his AA in Liberal Arts.

SPECIALISMS

Albert joined Bailey Wealth Services in 2022. His focus is to provide support to both prospective and existing customers with exceptional customer service. He is very personable and brings professionalism to his role.

Wes Burroughs

One of the things I enjoy most about what I do is educating clients on what is available to them as an investor. Our clients know where they’re at financially and where they are going because we make breaking down the complexities of a constantly changing world a top priority. Outside of work, I love spending time with my wife, Blyn, and playing with our daughter, Sophia. I also enjoy running and hosting game night with friends.

Education and Biography

TRAINING
Wes attended Liberty University where he obtained his BA in Philosophy.

SPECIALISMS
Wes joined Bailey Wealth Services in 2021. His focus is helping families maintain and grow the wealth they already have. Wes enjoys working with our valued clients to facilitate financial relationships by providing solutions, solving problems, and helping them manage their financial lives.

A. Sean Bailey, CFP®

My mission is to assist families as they strive to acquire, accumulate and retain wealth in a tax efficient manner so they may live in retirement with confidence and dignity. When I’m not engaged in professional activities, you can find me on a mountain top with my wife, Kim, and our two children, Eleanor and Oscar.

Education and Biography

TRAINING
Sean received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance Concentration, from the University of Washington.

SPECIALISMS
Sean Bailey has been in the financial services industry for 30 years. He specializes in developing comprehensive financial, estate and retirement planning strategies for clients nearing and in retirement. Sean is a Registered Principal and Investment Advisor with LPL Financial. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner. Sean is also a member of the Financial Planning Association and Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group.

Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group is not affiliated with Bailey Wealth Services or LPL Financial.

Sonya Jones

I endeavor to provide excellent service to our clients and organizing processes and procedures to ensure our office runs smoothly. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, Erik, and our two boys, Lukas and Archer along with our dog Pixie. I love cooking for them and experimenting with different recipes and techniques, including treats for Pixie. Our favorite family activity is taking road trips, especially to California to visit family and friends.

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TRAINING

 

Sonya received her BA in Art at California State University, Chico and has over 25 years of administrative and customer service experience in the financial services and accounting industries.

 

SPECIALISMS

 

Sonya’s focus is to help clients reach their financial goals by assisting them with their various transactions and paperwork to service and maintain their accounts. This includes opening new accounts and initiating transfers from and to financial institutions. Sonya is constantly looking for new ways to improve our processes to ensure we work efficiently and in a manner that creatives positive experiences for our clients.

Sonya Jones

I endeavor to provide excellent service to our clients and organizing processes and procedures to ensure our office runs smoothly. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, Erik, and our two boys, Lukas and Archer along with our dog Pixie. I love cooking for them and experimenting with different recipes and techniques, including treats for Pixie. Our favorite family activity is taking road trips, especially to California to visit family and friends.

Education and Biography

TRAINING
Sonya received her BA in Art at California State University, Chico and has over 25 years of administrative and customer service experience in the financial services and accounting industries.

SPECIALISMS
Sonya’s focus is to help clients reach their financial goals by assisting them with their various transactions and paperwork to service and maintain their accounts. This includes opening new accounts and initiating transfers from and to financial institutions. Sonya is constantly looking for new ways to improve our processes to ensure we work efficiently and in a manner that creatives positive experiences for our clients.