At Vera Whole Health we spend a lot of time ensuring the physical, mental, and emotional health of our patients. Your digital health — meaning the security of your identity, personal information, and finances — is a component of that, playing a role in your overall wellness.

If you are looking for ways to keep your identity and resources safe this holiday season, here are three ways to reduce your risk.

1. Don’t pay anyone with a gift card

vera - Vera - 3 Ways to Protect Your Digital Security - graphic1If anyone ever asks you to pay them with a gift card, refuse. Gift cards are impossible to trace and irretrievable once gone, making them a popular tool for scammers to get their hands on your money! According to the Federal Trade Commission, “Anyone who demands to be paid with a gift card is a scammer.” 

Scammers might try to scare you or add urgency to their requests so you don’t have time to research or consider their legitimacy. Don’t allow them to pressure you into acting quickly; rather, take the time you need to analyze what is truly happening.

2. Confirm identities and don’t click links

vera - Vera - 3 Ways to Protect Your Digital Security - graphic2Many scammers send messages from fake accounts, impersonating well-known and/or familiar businesses and organizations. These are called imposter scams, and they’re hugely popular with wrongdoers. Scammers impersonate UPS workers, the IRS, tech support, and any other organization that might commandeer respect. Sometimes they even pretend to be nannies! 

If anyone texts or emails you a link, triple check that they truly are who they say they are before clicking.

3. Be extra careful if you’re searching for a job right now

vera - Vera - 3 Ways to Protect Your Digital Security - graphic3The job market is hot at the moment, and many people are searching for and applying to new positions. However, applying for jobs online can make you vulnerable in a variety of ways. Many job positions are entirely remote, giving wrongdoers an even greater opportunity to exploit job seekers. It’s far easier to mask true identities, target individuals, conduct interviews, and sometimes even pretend to hire from afar. Scammers might use letterhead, logos, and/or details about available positions that appear legitimate. 

Stay on trusted job sites with policies of verifying posts. Limit the personal information you’re willing to provide online, especially if someone approaches you about a potential job, because scammers often approach their victims with seemingly great opportunities. Do your research. If something seems too good to be true, there’s a strong chance it’s a scam. 

Some job scams are simple attempts to steal contact information, while others are far more elaborate, attempting to gain access to banking information, social security numbers, or more. If you’re ever given a check in advance, or asked to pay for supplies or training fees, walk away immediately.

Vera jobs can always be verified by searching on our career website. If they’re not found there, they don’t exist.

If a scam happens to you

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) keeps a scam alert page updated with great information on common scams, including the latest tactics scammers are using to take advantage of people.

If your identity is stolen, we recommend you visit the FTC’s IdentityTheft.gov site to report the theft and begin steps toward recovery. If you’re a victim of a scam, start at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. If you lose money or property to a scammer, you’ll also want to make a report with your local law enforcement.

Stay safe this holiday season and beyond!

Vera is Hiring - links to Careers page

Please note: While our open positions are also listed on hiring sites such as Indeed and Zip Recruiter, to find the most up-to-date information make sure to visit our website.

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