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Phony Phishing Scam using Jon Huntsman, Sr.'s name

The Utah Division of Consumer Protection has received calls about an alleged scam using the name of Utah businessman, Jon Huntsman, Sr., and his personal story to entice recipients into releasing personal identity and account information. The Huntsman Cancer Institute has issued a warning at the following link; http://healthcare.utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/about-us/phishing-attempts.php

The Utah Division of Consumer Protection reminds consumers to protect their information by;

  • Never give out your credit card number, bank account number or other personal information in response to an unsolicited e-mail, no matter how legitimate the message appears to be.
  • Protect your e-mail address. This is the best way to protect from spam. To the extent possible, only provide your e-mail address to people you know and trust. If you post a message on an Internet site with your e-mail addresses, any one has access to your address and can share that address with others, including marketers. Spammers also get e-mail addresses from jokes, stories and chain letters that make the rounds on the Internet. So avoid sending or forwarding messages with a large list of addresses. Before providing your e-mail address in an online registration, check the recipient’s privacy policy regarding the sharing of e-mail addresses. Avoid including your e-mail address in other kinds of mailing lists.
  • Ignore the messages. When you respond to spam, you are confirm to the sender that your address is a good e-mail account. Be wary of responding to any message that asks you to respond in order to avoid future messages. Many senders simply use this ploy to see if your e-mail account is active. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) probably offers filtering functions that allow you to automatically delete certain messages. Click on the "Help" section of your e-mail program for this information, and call your ISP with any questions or complaints about unwanted messages.
  • Never open attachments to e-mails from strangers. These attachments could have a virus that could cause serious damage to your computer or your files, or cause potentially harmful messages to be sent to everyone in your e-mail address book. Always be suspicious about e-mail from people or businesses you not familiar with.
  • Contact your e-mail providor or ISP. Your e-mail account may come with a spam-blocking service.



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