Village of Cooperstown employees have been targeted by hackers who have been sending emails that look like they are a request from another Village of Cooperstown employee, asking for assistance, but in reality, the requests are an attempt to collect sensitive personal information. According to AllOTSEGO, these so-called “phishing” messages say “Could you please spare a minute to assist me in completing a task discreetly”. If you get one of these messages delete it immediately.

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Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch provided an example of one of these scam emails (below):

Email subject = REQUEST

Hi (name of recipient),

Could you please spare a minute to assist me in completing a task discreetly?  Would be glad to receive your response through email because I’m presently in a meeting.

For more information on "phishing" scams and what to do, get information from the New York State Attorney General's Office at ag.ny.gov/internet/phishing-information.

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