Some websites feature insistent advertising and tracking mechanisms. It’s common to see ads for free antivirus software and system scans, as well as warnings that your device has been compromised and requires immediate action, like calling a certain number. These schemes are regularly scams and should be disregarded.
Halloween may be long over, but scammers are always up to their old tricks. Scareware, as the name might suggest, is designed to scare users into navigating to malicious websites. Scareware convinces you to download software that you don’t need, promising that it’ll fix a virus you don’t have. Some scams even say your job, […]
We’ve all heard about identity theft. But does it ever actually happen? The answer, unfortunately, is yes. The Federal Trade Commission received nearly 2.1 million identity theft claims in 2020, roughly twice the amount it received the year prior. The scammers are out there. With a little due diligence, you can keep your identity safe […]
Scammers may pose as cryptocurrency (virtual currency) tech support. Individuals in need of tech support may use online search engines to find technical support companies. Criminals pay to have their fraudulent tech support company’s link show higher in search results hoping victims will choose one of the top links in search results. The fraudulent support […]
A standard tech support scam goes as follows: You get an unsolicited call from someone telling you there’s a virus on your device but that it can be fixed if just grant him/her access to your system and submit a payment. It’s all fake. Instead, look for official notifications from your operating system or antivirus […]
In this scam the criminal contacts the victim offering a refund for tech support services previously rendered. The scammer asks for access to the victim’s device and instructs the victim to login to their online bank account to process a refund. As a result, the criminal gains control of the victim’s device and bank account. […]
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