Here are the nine
scams from the BBB:
Calls from Dell about your computer being attacked:
the first time that a call
has been received from someone impersonating a computer services organization.
Normally, calls received are reported to be from Microsoft or a company that
contracts for Microsoft. What also was different about this call is that the
caller informed the consumer that their internet was being attacked. Usually,
the “Microsoft representative” will say that a person has viruses on their
computer. Don’t fall for it!
If you receive this threat, call Homeland Security!
A woman called
out a Microsoft
impersonator. He didn’t like that and told her that she was right. He was an
impersonator and that he was with ISIS. In fact, he said that he was going to
blow up her house, if she didn’t give him any money. She hung up on him and
Questions about Office of Personnel Management letter.
Our office has
received questions in
regards to a letter that is circulating. There are concerns that it may be a
hoax. It is not. Should you receive this and have questions, contact them at
Example of a personnel management
letter provided by the BBB.
You are eligible for a $7000 grant from the Federal Government:
This call takes
people by surprise,
whether they believe that they are entitled to grant money or not. If you were
eligible for a grant, you would not receive a random call from someone telling
you that you are 1 out of 1700 people receiving this offer. You would have to
apply for the grant, an “official notice” letter would be received, and no
payment of $250 for an application would be required. For any questions
regarding this, please give us a call.
Phone threats of taking away a person’s Social Security!
A new scare tactic.
received a call from 954-271-8700. The caller insisted that she purchase a
brace or that she would lose her Medicare for the next three years. She
contacted Social Security, and the representative confirmed that the call was a
Failure to report to Grand Jury Duty:
The caller ID
showed “226-0152 -1359
Federal Court House J. Burniston,” although Matthew Kinsman was the caller.
Matthew called to tell the call recipient that she had received a letter for
jury duty and failed to show. As a consequence, she would be arrested, unless
$975 was paid. She informed him that she did not have the money. He said that
he would talk to the Deputy, James Atkinson, to see if the payment could be
lowered. The phone then went dead.
Calls to inmates? Beware of globaltellink!
A woman had paid
Globaltellink to talk to an inmate. The company called her back, indicating
that her credit was low on funds. She was confused, as she had just paid. In
checking the company, there was a website called globaltellink.net, and its
domain, located in Panama, is for sale.
Mark Zuckerberg is
having a sweepstakes on Facebook that goes out by email, while other “cons”
come in different forms. One in particular came from a person’s “friend,” whose
account had been hacked. A message was received from this “friend,” stating
that she had $200,000 and needed a bank account to put it into. The lady
receiving the message thought it was suspicious and reported it to BBB. Take no
chances. Contact the person directly and check with them before conducting any
Example of a phishing email to avoid:
Example of a phishing email provided
by the BBB.