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Health & Safety | COVID-19

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As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disrupts our daily routines, many of us are turning to telecommunications services for solutions. Businesses are allowing employees to telework, schools are trying out new distance learning tools, doctors are relying on telehealth to care for some patients remotely, and the majority of Americans are using the internet to stay informed and safe. All of those services are made possible by voice and high-speed broadband connections. It is critical that everyone on our community has access to these systems.

SCTC has joined the FCC’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” to ensure our customers can stay connected during this COVID-19 crisis.

To make certain our customers who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 circumstances have access to the tools they need to navigate this crisis, SCTC has pledged to:

Any customer needing assistance with their account should contact our business office at 503 769-2121 for payment arrangement details.

Articles, Information & Resources

July 1, 2020 – 4 Steps to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

While COVID-19 has made continuity of public services more critical than ever, it has also made them more vulnerable. A few guidelines can help organizations prepare for and prevent ransomware incidents. READ MORE

Source: Emergency Preparedness Manager, Oregon Public Utility Commission

June 29, 2020 – Oregon Mask Law

County Specific Mask, Face Shield,Face Covering Guidance –
Employees, contractors, volunteers, customers and visitors are required to wear masks, face shields or face coverings at this location, unless an exemption applies. READ MORE

Source: Emergency Preparedness Manager, Oregon Public Utility Commission

May 2020 – Protect your stimulus check – how to stay safe

The spread of the coronavirus has created new opportunities for hackers: people waiting for stimulus checks, those who work from home or are shopping online. A recent release from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complain Center offers some solid advice on what to watch out for. “Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them,” the FBI said. “Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits.”

Extra diligence for your email and phone calls

“Government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money.” Classic email phishing scams are designed to lure you into downloading malicious items and to share your login information. With the news that the government is going to issue payments for coronavirus relief to US taxpayers in the coming months, the FBI recently issued a warning to be on alert for attackers masquerading as the agency and asking for personal information. What you should know:

How to report a suspected fraudulent call

If you receive a call and you suspect caller ID information has been falsified, or you think the rules for protecting the privacy of your telephone number have been violated, you can file a complaint with the FCC.