Be vigilant this holiday season for scammers

Tis the season for scammers.

Because of artificial intelligence, borderless currency, and the internet, more people than ever before are trying to hustle, steal, and defraud, the Federal Trade Commission warns.

The convenience of doing all your business online creates more
opportunities for scammers.

If someone calls from a company or non-profit, don’t assume they
actually represent that institution.

Call the organization’s main number.

Never open attachments or links in unsolicited email or direct messages.

Call the sender and confirm their legitimacy.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions, and don’t send money.

Be vigilant.

It is now cheap and easy to impersonate someone’s voice and to create digital photographs and videos that seem real.

Do not believe everything you see.

Verify before taking any actions.

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VA. to receive $220 million for broadband expansion

Mark Warner announced that Virginia will receive $220 million for broadband expansion.

The funds are from the American Rescue Plan including $10 billion secured by Warner to help states with broadband service.

The funds will not only bring broadband to areas in need but will also make the service more affordable.

Broadband is critical to help states carry out needed capital projects, enable telework, online education and tele-health.

With broadband across the Commonwealth households will have access to faster and more efficient high speed internet.

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