We have received reports of a couple of different online scams.
In one scam, a local business received an “invoice” by email from a unfamiliar company. When they opened the “invoice” it turned out to be a scam. The email attachment encrypted all of the files on their computer and demanded a ransom in order to release the files. This was most likely the work of foreign hackers.
In another scam a text message was received from a “banking institution” asking the victim to visit a website about their account.
If you receive a suspicious email, text message, or other type of electronic communication do not open it and call the company and verify the authenticity. Generally, banks or other businesses you have an account with will not contact you requesting information electronically.
For more information on online safety, visit: https://www.usa.gov/online-safety