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Read the latest information about online scams and vunerable threats to you and others who use computers.
Don't be fooled by the online scammers who want nothing but your money, to destroy your credit and PC.
Pass it on: tech support scams
Earlier today, we announced a bunch of cases against tech support scammers: the people who act like there’s a problem with your computer and then try to convince you to fork over money to fix – ahem – “fix” it. Except there never was a problem, and they weren’t really from tech support. Make sure you know who your tech support is and you trust him or her 100%.

Read this article and protect your wallet - https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/pass-it-tech-support-scams



Nuclear Power Plant Hacks
Hackers breached at least a dozen US nuclear power sites — and officials are zeroing in on a familiar player.
US officials have concluded that hackers working on behalf of a foreign power recently breached at least a dozen US nuclear power sites, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. 




Protect your computer
Protecting yourself and your computer read this article- https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/on-the-internet



Scammers don’t really give refunds
The FTC has been cracking down on deceptive tech support operations that call or send pop-ups to make people think their computers are infected with viruses. Scammers ask for access to computers, then charge people hundreds of dollars for unnecessary repairs.

For complete information on this topic go here- https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/scammers-dont-really-give-refunds



Fake emails could cost you thousands
Think you got an email from a business you know? Scammers sometimes use emails that look legit to trick you into sending money to them.
The email might say it’s from a real estate professional you’re working with, telling you there’s a last-minute change and you should now wire your closing costs to a different account.

For complete information on this topic go here- https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/fake-emails-could-cost-you-thousands



Who's really calling?
The millions of people who reported scams last year told us that imposters were the top fraud of the year. Imposters have called many of us maybe even most of us, pretending to be anyone from the IRS to a family member in trouble, from fake tech “help” for your computer to a business selling things that turned out to be bogus. Their goal? To get your money as quickly as possible.

For complete information on this topic go here- https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/whos-really-calling



I have an emergency and need money
If you’ve ever gotten one of those calls, you know how alarming they can be. And that’s exactly what the scammers count on. They want you to act before you think – and acting always includes sending them money: by wiring it or by getting a prepaid card or gift card, and giving them the numbers on the card. Either way, your money’s gone.

For complete information on this topic go here- https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/i-have-emergency-and-need-money



Fake or "rogue" anti-virus software
We've all seen the pop-ups: "Your computer is infected! Get help now!"
If you've ever clicked through such an ad (really, a hijacking), you know that the price for freedom is $20 or $30 a month. At first, the ads were clunky and the threats idle. But now, many pop-ups are perfect replicas of windows you would see from Windows or an antivirus product. Some sites actually employ so-called ransomware, which disables your PC until you pay up or disinfect it with a strong antivirus product.




Facebook impersonation
Facebook is no longer a Web site -- it's a full-fledged platform, rapidly approaching the scale of the Internet itself. Many young users
spend more time on Facebook than on e-mail, and actually use Facebook as their e-mail service. That means scammers are now crawling all over the service, since they always go where the people go.