How to protect yourself from cyber criminals
If you receive a suspicious email, telephone call or other solicitation referencing Unicorn Blue or a Unicorn Blue officer, consider the following recommendations:
- Do not open or click on any links contained in the email, and do not open or download any attachments to the email. Some fraudulent emails include links or attachments that can plant malware on the recipient’s computer. Delete the suspicious email from your account immediately.
- Never provide any personal information.
- Never cash a check and/or send money in response to a suspicious solicitation.
- Report suspicious solicitations to:
- your local police department or other governmental authorities.
- for spoof, phishing or scam emails or websites where the intent is a financial transaction: contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), comprising the FBI and other agencies at this link
- for spoof, phishing or scam emails sent to your email address in the United States: read the Federal Trade Commission’s page at this link
- Report spoof, phishing or scam emails which are sent from, or sent to, to any one of the most common web-based email services to:
- for Gmail email accounts: contact Google at this link
- for Microsoft email accounts: read Microsoft’s advice and the steps to take at this link
- for Yahoo email accounts: read Yahoo’s advice and the steps to take at this link
- for AOL email accounts: read AOL’s advice and the steps to take at this link
- for suspicious spoofing emails from Unicorn Blue: email us from the contact form before entering into any transaction; we’ll tell you if the email came from us, or if it didn’t.
While Unicorn Blue is aware that corrupt individuals have used our firm’s name and our officers’ names to attempt to perpetrate criminal scams on innocent victims, Unicorn Blue is not responsible for a third party’s conduct or liable for damages caused by their conduct.
We are not the only company in the digital and offline world that has fallen victim to identity fraud. It happens. The positive takeaway when such unpleasantness happens is to be transparent of one’s professionalism, competency and honesty. Once such committed steps have been taken, it is up to the intelligence and good sense of visitors and potential clients to either accept our best intentions, or not.
For your security and protection, we ask that you are extremely vigilant when you receive any request for information or action that you think might be fraudulent, whether via email, phone or traditional mail. Fraudsters do not:
- follow a generally accepted legal, business or financial process
- qualify the quality and background of potential clients
- recommend clients to be vigilant
- provide appropriate legal advice disclaimers
- invest in out of office hours continued professional development training
- use qualified and regulated accountants, lawyers, bankers and other professionals in their assignments
- take steps to be transparent and keep pace with evolving business practice
Finally, please pay close attention to the grammar and spelling of any emails or literature you receive from anyone purporting to be from Unicorn Blue. Costanzo Ferraro is a qualified English teacher; he attended public school in the United Kingdom – where he was born, raised and educated.