City of Ocala offers tips for staying protected from harmful websites and email scams

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The City of Ocala reminds residents to stay alert to potentially dangerous internet scams.

According to the city, there has been an increase in social engineering and phishing scams. Social engineering is defined as the manipulation of individuals into disclosing personal information for fraudulent purposes.

Residents and business owners should be aware that the City of Ocala only operates the official www.ocalafl.org domain. All alternate versions of this domain are not associated with official city business.

The city wants to help raise awareness of email scams in general, so residents can better understand red flags. Residents can take the following steps to protect themselves from these scams:

  • Practice smart browsing by carefully reading emails and making sure you know the sender.
  • Beware of unsolicited emails and do not respond to them.
  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who calls or emails you.
  • Consult the contact page. If you don’t see more than one option listed, such as phone numbers, email, or physical business location, proceed with caution.
  • Check the domain. Scammers often reproduce a similar name to trick the user into thinking they are visiting a legitimate business.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala at 352-629-2489.

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