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Better Business Bureau reports dangerous scam

Better Business Bureau reports dangerous scam

The Better Business Bureau, a non-profit whose focus is “advancing marketplace trust,” recently reported perhaps one of the most dangerous scams yet. Businesses are being contacted by impostors posing as the Better Business Bureau itself. The danger of this should be obvious as it’s hard to differentiate when scammers have put this much effort into appearing like they’re earnestly trying to help. In fact, the scammers even use a site with the BBB’s logo on it.

Here’s how it works:

Businesses are contacted by the scammers saying they can help them recover money previously lost in a tech support scam. They ask the businesses to fill out a form on a website and say that once they complete the form, enter their bank account info, they’ll refund their lost money. However, once they have this info they can easily steal money from their account.

The Better Business Bureau’s site offers the following tips for avoiding this particular scam.

  • Don’t call numbers that pop up on your computer screen saying there’s a security warning and “you should call this number for help.”
  • Never give a caller any personal information that could give them access to your computer.
  • Be especially careful of sponsored links that pop-up on search engines. They’ll often be directing you to fake sites.
  • Watch out for phony emails with links and attachments. If you spot one, report it to (the actual) Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker.
Ransomware attacks are on the rise: protect your business

Ransomware attacks are on the rise: protect your business

Ransomware is just plain nasty. Not familiar with what exactly that is? Unfortunately, the answer is in the spine-tingling name: hackers encrypt computer files hold them ransom until victims pay to restore their files. Last month, the WannaCry ransomware attack hit 200,000 computers across the globe. While this particular attack is no longer going on,… Continue Reading

Eight Tips for a Strong Password

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Protect Your Digital Booty

Protect Your Digital Booty

Landlubbers, beware! Hackers from all over the world have raised their pirate flags at every port on the Internet. With cannons ablaze, they’re looking for ways to pry open your database, hijack your email and phone systems. Most modern pirates don’t sail the seven seas looking for ships to plunder. They sit in front of… Continue Reading