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About Phishing

Monday, January 1, 2018

Indian River Shores Public Safety

From Public Safety Director Rosell

Indian River Shores Police

Globally, cyber-attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication at an exponential rate. In our ongoing
effort to enhance the security our residents, we want to highlight a common cyber-attack that everyone should
be aware of. That attack is called phishing.

"Phishing" is one of the most common forms of cyber-attacks. Phishing attacks can take many forms, but they
all share a common goal – defrauding a person or company out of sensitive information ( e.g. login credentials,
credit card information, etc.) or goods and services. Phishers are now even going to the extent of impersonating
Federal, State, and Local government entities in an effort to increase the efficacy of their attacks. By
impersonating a government agency, or one of their representatives, the phisher is able to leverage the name
and the authority associated with the name to lure in additional victims that would otherwise have ignored the
phishing attempt.

We’ve outlined a few different types of phishing attacks to watch out for:

  • Deceptive Phishing: In this type of attack, hackers impersonate a real company to obtain your login
    credentials. You may receive an e-mail asking you to verify your account details with a link that takes
    you to an imposter login screen that delivers your information directly to the attackers.
  • Spear Phishing: Spear phishing is a more sophisticated phishing attack that includes customized
    information that makes the attacker seem like a legitimate source. They may use your name and phone
    number and refer to [COMPANY NAME] in the e-mail to trick you into thinking they have a connection
    to you, making you more likely to click a link or attachment that they provide.
  • Whaling: Whaling is a popular ploy aimed at getting you to transfer money or send sensitive
    information to an attacker via email by impersonating a real company executive. Using a fake domain
    that appears similar to a legitimate business, they look like normal emails from a high-level official of
    the company, typically the CEO or CFO, and ask you for sensitive information (including usernames
    and passwords).
  • Shared Document Phishing: You may receive an e-mail that appears to come from file-sharing sites
    like Dropbox or Google Drive alerting you that a document has been shared with you. The link provided
    in these e-mails will take you to a fake login page that mimics the real login page and will steal your
    account credentials.

The following industry best practices can help you avoid these phishing schemes, but also be sure to follow
your organization’s policies and procedures regarding email and cyber security:

  • Do not click on links or attachments from senders that you do not recognize. Be especially wary of
    .zip or other compressed or executable file types.
  • Do not provide sensitive personal information (like usernames and passwords) over email.
  • Watch for email senders that use suspicious or misleading domain names and be familiar with how
    agencies release solicitation opportunities.
  • Inspect URLs carefully to make sure they’re legitimate and not imposter sites.
  • Do not try to open any shared document that you’re not expecting to receive.
  • When replying to an email, ensure the TO: address in the reply email matches the email address of
    your intended recipient.

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  • Beware of phishing! Please read this article from your Chief of Public Safety.
  • Three candidates qualified for Town Council Elections on November 6, with 2 open seats currently held by Vice Mayor Mike Ochsner and Councilman Dick Haverland. Mike Ochsner, Brian Foley, and Jessie "Sam" Carroll have all qualified to run for Town Council.
  • Voting for the General Election on November 6th will be held at Christ by the Sea Methodist Church South of Town on A1A.

Sidewalk & A1A

  • FDoT has scheduled a second public update and input meeting on Thursday, November 1 at the Holiday Inn Oceanside. Two meeting times are offered, 10-noon or 4:30-6:30. Please see this link for a great amount of detail including graphics.
  • The Council wrote a letter to Florida Department of Transportation (FDoT) in response to resident outcry against the planned sidewalk on the East side of A1A. This link is to the letter, mailed August 24, 2018.
  • An FDoT meeting was held to discuss the A1A milling & resurfacing project on July 10, 2018.
    • The East-side sidewalk was an item of concern by a few residents, partly due to a false rumor that it was the Town's idea, rather than an FDoT policy requirement. Also the neighborhoods that have landscaping or ground-level lighting in the right of way will be required to remove them to prevent damage and obtain an FDoT permit to replace them.
    • The bike paths were another concern, with assurance that they will continue to be 4' wide. Flashing beacons for crosswalks at Sea Grape and Turtle Trail access crossings will be installed.
    • Timing of paving, which will be accomplished at night or off-peak hours to minimize disruption to traffic for our convenience. It is the smaller part of the project compared to the sidewalks.
    • The project is in the design stage. Plans will be reviewed and finalized by October. E-mail FDoT Project Manager Donovan Pessoa at or call (954) 777-4442.
    • Separate from this project is the fully actuated (weight-tripped or pedestrian button) traffic light at Fred Tuerk Drive/ Beachcomber Lane as recommended for safe crossing by the Florida Dept. of Transportation. It is expected to be functional by the end of 2018.
  • The recycling services was awarded for contract beginning November 1. Some changes to expect: no more 18-gallon bins, but a rolling cart system will be used with a 2-cart maximum for single family homes. Anything that doesn't fit inside the cart will incur an extra fee (amount TBD). Cardboard boxes will likely fit inside, but may need to be cut or flattened first. You may begin using your new cart November 7. Put your old recycle bin out on that day if you do not wish to keep it.
  • The Community Center has been demolished, and will be rebuilt over the next several months. Construction is underway, with exterior walls going up as of October 24.
  • FEMA has released the preliminary new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The local risk of flooding has changed and there are steps you can take to protect your home from extensive damage often caused by flooding. The 90 day appeal process begins around late April / early May, which is followed by a 6-month adoption/compliance period. The FEMA website has the preliminary maps. The Town maps are in 0232J, 0234J, 0242J, 0253J, and 0261J.
  • The AT&T array for the second tier on the tower is installed and functional. Residents are encouraged to submit a work order with their carrier if the signal is not better. It's up to Verizon to schedule their staff to place their equipment at this point. Please see the page on this website devoted solely to this matter.
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  • We are pleased to report that the Town successfully competed for and was awarded two grants that will cover roughly 75% of the $1.4 million project to correct flooding and drainage issues along Old Winter Beach Road. Construction on the improvement began early April. Click on this link for project information.
  • Watering restrictions using City water (non-reuse) limits lawn sprinklers based on Daylight Savings Time changes, twice a week in spring/summer, once a week in fall/winter. Please find detailed information on the Utility Information page of our website.
  • Indian River Shores is a SAFE city in Florida, according to articles in TC Palm in May 2016 and in October 2017. Our residents are safe, well cared for and well protected thanks to the Town's Public Safety Department's triple-certified police, fire and paramedic/EMT staff.
  • Turtle nesting season runs from March 1 and continues through October 31. Please see this page with details.
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