Scam Alert from Better Business Bureau

Scam Alert from Better Business Bureau
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 10:41am

Scammers are at it once again and this time, they're posing as helpful employees for Microsoft.

Better Business Bureaus from all around the country say consumers are receiving calls from the alleged scammers. After claiming they work for Microsoft, hackers reportedly then ask the consumer if they have virus protection on their computer, then proceed to ask a few questions to work remotely from where they're at.

State police say the following factors are warning signs for a phishing scam:

•Misspelled words, poor grammar in the body of an email.

•Links located in the message. Before you click on any link, you should hover over it with your mouse. If you see a string of numbers instead of a website name, do not click.

•Threats located within your message. If the email states that your account will be suspended or your security is compromised, then it is likely a scam.

•Popular companies are often selected to be the front for a scam: Including Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, etc.

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