If you receive a call from a person from (425) 998-1533 with an Unknown Name on Caller ID claiming that your computer has errors and/or viruses, it is a Phishing Scam. They might even claim they are from Microsoft, which might appear legit to some because of the Washington State area code. But if you call the number back, you will get a recording from the FTC with a message describing that this is a phishing scam and will refer you to http://onguardonline.gov for more information about online safety.
I even had 2 of my own computer repair customers here in Hawaii that were called and one even went as far as letting the scammer remotely access their computer with Logmein Rescue software. Luckily, her husband suspected something fishy about the call and literally unplugged their computer to stop whatever the scammer was doing. When my customer brought their computer to me in my shop, all I found was the Logmein remote access software and they didn’t appear to get a chance to do any harm. Read More Here…
Another eMail Scam
I find one of these “News 10 Report” emails sitting in my junk mail folder almost every week. It is an outright scam so just delete it. You might even see variations of it like News 7 Report, etc.
When reading your email or surfing the internet, everyone young and old, should always be on the alert for potential scams attempting to deceive you into revealing your personal information. The consequences could be as mild as getting spammed for eternity, a malware infection, to outright identity theft. Most of these scams are known as cyber fraud or “phishing scams” because they are virtually “fishing” for your valuable private information. Read More Here…
Microsoft recently released a FREE ebook to help teenagers keep themselves safer online. The credit goes to security expert and author, Linda McCarthy who partnered with Microsoft, to provide this must-have (and free) downloadable version of her new book, which was written for computer and Internet savvy “tweens” and teens, as well as their parents and educators titled:
“Own Your Space – Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online“