Know Before You Click: How to Protect Yourself Against Phishing Scams

November 27, 2023

To our followers –

We want to bring your attention to an important matter regarding communication from the Council for Professional Recognition.

Recently, a Facebook account impersonating the Council for Professional Recognition responded to people who entered our Gratitude Giveaway with a congratulatory message and a phishing link asking for personal and financial information. To ensure the security and authenticity of our communications via social media, we want to clarify that all legitimate messages from the Council for Professional Recognition will originate from these specific pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cdacouncil
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cdacouncil/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-council-for-professional-recognition
X: https://twitter.com/cdacouncil
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@cdacouncil

We urge you to be vigilant when reviewing any communication from us and carefully check the pages/URLs to confirm their authenticity. Here are three simple rules provided by Facebook on how to protect your account:

  1. Slow down: Scammers often try to create a sense of urgency or threaten you with losing your account or other action. Take time to ask questions and think it through.
  2. Spot check: Scammers often mention a problem to encourage you to act. Do your research to double check the details before clicking links or downloading files. Does what they’re telling you make sense?
  3. Don’t send: Scammers often pretend to be from a familiar organization, they may use its employee photo they stole from the internet to convince you. No reputable organization will demand payment on the spot.

For more ways to protect your account and personal information, please visit:
www.facebook.com/help/1584206335211143

In this specific situation, the commenting page announcing the winners had no followers, no profile photos, and listed the Council for Professional Recognition as a real estate company – all common signs of a scamming page. Fraudulent accounts are becoming increasingly common across platforms. Taking these steps will ensure your safety and reduce the likelihood of phishing scams.

If you are unsure or have questions about the legitimacy of a message you have received from the Council for Professional Recognition, please contact us directly via Facebook Messenger. We are here to assist you and provide clarification to ensure that your interactions with us are secure and reliable.

Please note, the Council for Professional Recognition will NEVER ask you for your financial information via social media. If you clicked on the fraudulent link, we urge you to contact your bank directly to report the interaction immediately.

We want to continue to be a reliable source for ECE related information, news, and opportunities moving forward, and your trust and security are of the utmost importance to us. We appreciate your understanding and diligence as we continue to navigate the ever-changing digital marketing landscape and the challenges it sometimes presents.

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