City of Palm Bay Warns of Potential Cyber Scam That Appears to Mimic City’s Official Website
By Space Coast Daily // April 27, 2022
Scammers may direct users to a spoofed website to extract personal or financial information
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The City of Palm Bay has been made aware of a possible scam involving a spoofing website that appears to mimic the City’s official website.
Palm Bay city officials said unknown parties have distributed materials directing users to an unaffiliated website, www.plambayflorida.org.
“Scammers may direct users to a spoofed website to extract personal or financial information,” said a City of Palm Bay spokesperson.
Users may also receive emails tied to the spoofed website, such as firstname.lastname@example.org. Hovering over links prior to clicking them is a well-established best practice to ensure that the information shown in the link matches the destination, as shown in the pop-up link displayed when hovering your mouse over the web link or email address. If a link shows a different or unexpected web address or email when hovering do not click.
The City of Palm Bay urges all users and vendors to exercise caution when interacting with websites and emails. Please double-check URLs and ensure that emails originate from either palmbayflorida.org or pbfl.org.
The City of Palm Bay will not contact you from any other email domain.
If you receive an email from a suspicious source or an email containing a link to a suspicious website, contact the City of Palm Bay directly to verify that the information is legitimate. Users may call 321-952-3400 and a representative will assist you in determining if a communication was sent to you from the City of Palm Bay.
If you believe that you may have been a victim of a spoofing scam, please contact the Palm Bay Police Department’s non-emergency line at 321-952-3456 and visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at HERE to file a report.