AG Rosenblum launches 'Do Not Click' campaign

SALEM — Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum released a "Do Not Click" campaign to educate Oregonians about staying safe online. The announcement came Tuesday, in commemoration of Data Privacy Day.

Rosenblum wants to alert people to the dangers of clicking on links that appear to be legitimate but are not.

Scammers may pretend to be an official organization, bank, business or a familiar person to obtain sensitive or confidential information through a text message or an email. These "phishing" scams usually target a bank account number, credit card number, password or user names.

"Our consumer hotline receives thousands of calls each month, and sadly, many of the Oregonians we hear from have fallen victim to a scam that started with an innocent-seeming link,” Rosenblum stated in the news release. “These scams often look so official, it can be hard to tell if it is really your bank, or a company you do business with trying to contact you. Once a person has handed over their confidential information — which can be as simple as clicking on a link — it can be hard to get it back. We must all be vigilant, as scammers are getting more sophisticated and tech-savvy."

Every year, thousands of Oregonians fall victim to cyber-criminals who disguise themselves as legitimate entities, such as Apple. To help keep Oregonians safe, the Oregon Department of Justice will distribute hundreds of the Do Not Click flyers to libraries, churches, retirement communities and state agencies throughout Oregon. The flyer includes five tips on how to protect your privacy, safeguard data, and when not to click on a link or open an attachment.

Visit the Oregon Department of Justice website for more information: https://www.doj.state.or.us/ and to download the "Do Not Click" flyer.

If you have information about or have fallen victim to a scam, please contact the Oregon Attorney General's Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 or online at www.oregonconsumer.gov.

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