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Four steps to protect yourself from cyber criminals while working remotely

Cybercriminals are finding new ways to trick employees into revealing sensitive information through enticing email subject lines, ads, and social media that often convey a sense of urgency to motivate immediate action. Below are four ways to protect your organizaiton’s information: 

  • Be cautious of calls or emails that appear “urgent” or need immediate attention. Independently verify that the issue is legitimate. 

  • Take a moment to carefully check that email addresses or calls are from legitimate sources. Often only one letter in a fraudulent email address will be different, so at first glance may appear to be correct. Caller ID may have the phone number masked.     

  • Assume that any links or attachments are malicious. Hover over links to see if these have unusual text that does not match the content. Virus-check documents before opening.

  • With more use of social media, hackers are creating false accounts and imbedding malware in photos, links, and documents. Be cautious when searching the internet and using social media.   

Visit  the  Cyber Center  for additional resources and links for cyber alerts, and contact  CTREmergencyNotification@mass.gov with any incidents or suspected incidents of fraud or cyber-attacks. 


William McNamara, Comptroller of the Commonwealth

One Ashburton Place, 9th Floor, Boston MA 02108


For your protection, please do not email personal information (e.g. Social Security Number, Bank Account Number, Passwords).

For assistance, please call us at

(617) 727-5000

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