Judiciary urges caution with potential crooks on the Internet

Officials from Poder Judicial Tuesday have called on citizens to be wary of scams that may steal their aguinaldos electronically through emails and Web sites.

In the announcement, officials warned that bank accounts are more vulnerable now because more people do their shopping and banking online. This means that bank account and credit card information are saved on a person’s computer and potentially on those Web sites.

One way that thieves can get this information is through emails that can download viruses onto a computer. They can contain such innocuous messages as “Merry Christmas” greetings as well as emails that say the recipient has won something, officials said.

Justice officials also recommended that people regard unsolicited emails asking for personal information with suspicion, such as emails from U.S. package delivery services like Federal Express and United Parcel Service requiring people give personal information in order to receive a parcel. They also cautioned against giving information in response to emails claiming to be from charities.

When clicking on links from these emails, officials said to take precautions when the link takes users to Web sites with an error message “Error: the page that you have entered is false.”

They also recommended that Internet users be suspicious of friendship requests on social media Web sites from persons unknown to the user, that persons with computers not use public wifi hotspots and that persons keep close track of their bank accounts and look for suspicious activity.

Officials admitted that rampant impunity for digital thievery crimes makes their overall impact hard to measure.

Still they urged people who are victims of these crimes to file a complaint with the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Private employees are receiving more than $2 billion in aguinaldos or Christmas bonuses this month.

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