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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month -- beware of online scams after Hurricane Ian

The NYPD has received 30 complaints from people who have lost money to a Chinese-language robocall scam.
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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. After the damage Hurricane Ian left in parts of North Carolina and the U.S. Southeast last week, state officials are warning people to be on higher alert for online scams and threats.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. After the damage Hurricane Ian left in parts of North Carolina and the U.S. Southeast last week, state officials are warning people to be on higher alert for online scams and threats.

Just days after the storm brought heavy rainfall, strong winds and power outages across the state, Cooper said cybercriminals are out there waiting to take advantage of people in crisis and those who want to help them.

Posing as official representatives of disaster aid organizations or charities, he said scammers frequently use techniques like phishing emails, texts, and phone calls, to solicit personal and financial information and to gain access to devices and networks that can often hold sensitive data.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.