Virtual meetings provide an essential mode of communication for work and school, but scammers have also found opportunities to exploit vulnerabilities in the virtual environment to steal or extort money from individuals and businesses.

“Having fought online predators, I know that they seek to exploit any weakness in our security, whether targeting children or businesses,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “As Attorney General, I’ve been working to ensure these necessary online meeting platforms take every action to protect users as we all do our best to get through this current crisis.”

Rutledge has provided these tips for Arkansans using virtual platforms to connect with each other while social distancing:

• Utilize tools provided by the online meeting platform to restrict access to virtual meetings, classrooms and conference calls, including the use of passwords if possible;

• Participants should be wary of suspicious emails inviting them to click links or join meetings or to download shared documents;

• Be cautious of advertisements or emails purporting to be from telework software vendors;

• Join online meetings only if prearranged with a person with whom a preexisting business or personal relationship exists;

• Select trusted and reputable network software vendors;

• Don’t give personally-identifiable information in online meeting venues.

For details, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at 800-482-8982 or or visit