Three Scams Reported by the FTC: March, 2019

Reported by Ed Kushner, Safety and Security Committee

1. Fishing. Don’t take the bait.
March 6, 2019
by Colleen Tressler
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Phishing is when someone uses fake emails or texts – even phone calls – to get you to share valuable personal information, like account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use this information to steal your money, your identity, or both. They may also try to get access to your computer or network. If you click on a link in one of these emails or texts, they can install ransomware or other programs that lock you out of your data and let them steal your personal information.

To read the entire article, click on the link below.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2019/03/phishing-dont-take-bait?utm_source=govdelivery

2. Getting calls from the SSA?
March 6, 2019
by Jennifer Leach
Acting Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

Probably not. At least, not from the real SSA. But how many of you have gotten calls from someone who said they were the Social Security Administration? And maybe showed the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) or a number close to it on your caller ID? Lots, right?

To read the entire article, click on the link below.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2019/03/getting-calls-ssa?utm_source=govdelivery

3. Keep tech support strangers out of your computer
March 7, 2019
by Lisa Lake
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

If you need tech help with your computer, where do you go? Most of us probably search online. But your online search can lead you straight to scammers who scare you into thinking your computer is in dire need of repair…and then sell you costly security software that you don’t need.

To read the entire article, click on the link below.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2019/03/keep-tech-support-strangers-out-your-computer?utm_source=govdelivery

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