A guide to communication methods of U.S. government departments

Introduction

Cybercrime has become a very common occurrence in the past few decades. Phishing, malware and hacking have shown that we are all vulnerable to security breaches. It’s not just the private citizen that needs to worry, though — corporations and governments have also found themselves victims of cybercrime, either as targets or as a proxy for an attack.

Because of this, some government departments have very specific communication methods that they use when dealing with citizens and other departments. We will look at some of the most commonly accessed areas in government, and what their communication policies are.

A useful resource has been developed by USAGov and can be found here. It outlines the different scams and fraud methods that you might encounter both online and out in the real world when dealing with the many different government departments of the United States.

Below you will find a selection of excerpts from the various government departments that issue warnings against fraud, as well as scam information. If you’re curious about the different government departments, how they operate or even how many there are, then you can find a full list of federal agencies right here.

USAGov — Official Online Web Portal to the Federal Government

As the USAGov website is the gateway into the rest of the federal government’s service-based websites, it is often abused by scammers and fraudsters. The below extract is from their contact page and illustrates how spoofing attacks have been carried out by telephone.

“Please note: If you received a call from this phone number and you’ve never previously contacted us, that call was not from USA.gov. We’ve received reports that scammers sometimes use our phone number on caller ID. This is called spoofing, and it’s illegal. Please don’t answer these calls. USA. (Read more...)

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