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Avoiding Computer Scammers

computer hackingSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (wggb) — We’ve all experienced a computer virus, but have you been scammed? Eileen McGrath has, she got a call Wednesday night from a man claiming to be from a computer support company. The man said he could see remotely that her computer was full of viruses. Eileen says he told her she would lose her whole computer.

The man claimed that all she needed to do was give her credit card information on the screen and he could make the computer work again. It was then that Eileen got suspicious.

According to GoGeeks Computer Rescue this is just one of three computer scams they are seeing again and again. When asked how common these scams are owner Stan Prager says, “Extremely common, probably 80-90% of our business is fueled by these.”

The first type of scam is what Eileen experienced, someone calls you on the phone from a seemingly reputable company telling you that your computer is sending out viruses. The second is a screen that looks like a note from the FBI accusing you of illegal internet activities and says you must pay $200 or they will arrest you. And the third is an online link. Prager said, “Be careful what you click on. And if something comes up on your screen that says we’re an anti-virus program we found hundreds of threats on your system, pay $69 with a credit card and we’ll cure it. It’s a lie.”

According to Prager if someone is able to hijack your system through one of these scams they can access whatever you do on your computer including passwords, credit card information and even your banking information

If you fall for a scam, whether someone calls you on the phone, you accidentally click something on the Internet or you get a screen supposedly from the FBI, Prager says you should immediately shut down your computer and take it to a professional computer repair company.

 


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