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December 9, 2018

4/11/2018 9:41:00 AM
The scams keep coming

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

One of the most persistent negative factors for computer users is the continuing onslaught of scams and attempted scams. These crooks will use every nasty trick in the book to scare or trick you into parting with your hard earned dollars.
I've written about scams before. However, since the attempts just do not seem to let up, I feel a good reminder is in order. Here are some facts regarding scams:
• No one will ever call you from a legitimate business or organization and demand payment, information or to be let into your computer. Hang up.
• Popup windows on your computer that won't close, threaten you or claim they are from Microsoft are scams. The simplest way to deal with them is to restart your computer. If you can't restart it normally then push the power button in for at least 10 seconds to turn it off. Wait a few seconds and turn it back on.
• If you have fallen for a scam, do not be ashamed. You are in good company. However, you need to contact your credit/debit card company and tell them so they can issue you a new card and possibly refund your money.
• If you let a scammer into your computer you need to have it checked out by a legitimate repair company. Scammers often leave back door software on the computer so they can manipulate it and you.
• Even good antivirus and security software has a difficult time blocking scams as they are not viruses and act differently from viruses.
• Scams are usually the result of web surfing. Most often users carelessly click on unsafe links or are tricked into clicking on them. In our experience, Facebook is one of the most dangerous places for scams.
Be safe out there!

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