If you receive a call from someone claiming your computer has a virus or saying they can fix your computer, you could put yourself at risk if you cooperate.
The lie: The caller impersonates a technology representative claiming there is a serious virus or issue with your computer. They warn if the problem is not resolved, the computer will become unusable. To “fix” it you are asked to download a program that gives the caller remote access to log in to the computer.
The truth: These calls are fake. They are attempts to get you to give up private, personal information. The caller now has command of your computer and all of its files. They hold your computer ransom until you pay a fee. After you pay they may or may not release your files. They can also access email files that can be used to send unsolicited email to your contacts that may contain viruses.
What to do:
– Be wary of unsolicited calls.
– Don’t give control of your computer to a stranger who calls out of the blue. Hang up and report it!
– Don’t download attachments or trust e-mail links.
– Do Contact a trusted tech support company if you think you have been a victim of this scam. Contact BBB for a list of Accredited Businesses in this category.
– Do keep system updates, virus and spyware protection current.
– Never share personal financial information with strangers online.
– Report it: At the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov and Scam Tracker https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/amarillo/.
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