Protect Yourself from Scams

Protect yourself from Scams



Phone calls, popup ads and web pages that cannot be closed are common examples of scams that are trying to steal your money.

Just when you thought you knew all the scams, new scams arise and old scams you might not have known about are reused. A google search with the word ‘scams’ will return results with information about many scams – new and old. Did you know there is a scam called ‘Like-farming’ on Facebook?

There are many kinds of scams. A typical scam is someone calling you claiming to be tech support from a well known company such as Microsoft or Apple. NEVER let anyone connect to your computer that you do not know. Companies will never call you to tell you that you that your computer has a virus, your license key for a software program is about to expire or that a connection to your computer must be made to fix a technical issue.

On a webpage or in an email never click on a link that installs a program unless you are certain that the link is from a trusted source. Virus protection programs can run a check on any link to confirm that the file you are downloading does not contain any viruses or malware. CC Communications offers virus protection software. Contact support@cccomm.co for more information.

CC Communications will NEVER ask for your email password or ask you to change your email password via an email or phone call. Always answer NO to questions like “Can I connect to your computer?” or “Do you want to update a software program at this time?” Anytime you think a service phone call or an email might be a scam, always answer NO.

When you respond NO, nothing changes on your computer and you can avoid being scammed. But if you think you need to answer Yes to a caller or an email. First, look online to see if the offer or tech support call is a scam. Be sure you are visiting reliable websites, not websites suggested by the caller. Visit multiple websites to collect information about what you are being offered.



The links below will provide more information about scams - new and old.

Common Scams from Fraud.org:
www.fraud.org/scams  

Beware of this silly but still effective Tax Scam from Wired.com:
www.wired.com/story/tax-scam-deposit-money-identity-theft/  

Like-farming Facebook Scams:
www.consumeraffairs.com/news/like-farming-facebook-scams-look-before-you-like-042215.html  

Federal Trade Commission scam alerts:
www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts

10 steps to Avoid Scams from BBB:
www.bbb.org/avoidscams/

The official FBI website post:
www.ic3.gov/media/2018/180328.aspx