Tech Phone Scams & More :(

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I have seen a lot of these scams pop up from time to time. But know have seen an increase in these scams.  Let me start of by saying that no website and I do mean no website is 100% safe, there are a lot of techs that nay disagree, but that’s all find and dandy. 

Every website that is on the internet is subject to an attack from cyber criminals.

(The end game of hackers)

The motive behind online attacks are varied. You had stuff to steal, your site could be used to display propaganda or broadcast spam, or maybe you just forgot to update and your forgetfulness was able to satisfy the bored desires of a curious script-kiddie — one of those reasons is why you got hacked. Every site can serve a purpose: to hold sensitive data, or at the very least, provide usable resources to send spam or attack other targets. Know that your website has value.

Depending on one’s attack they can affect millions of systems worldwide with on website. If not the website, they hacked then with a copycat site that called a spoof or clone of the real site that the user was going to.

Here is a list of some of the ways cybercriminals hack sites:

Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) SQL Injection 

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Or with brute force.  Or The pick up a phone and call the user.

In a recent twist, scam artists are using the phone to try to break into your computer. They call, claiming to be computer techs associated with well-known companies like Microsoft. They say that they’ve detected viruses or other malware on your computer to trick you into giving them remote access or paying for software you don’t need.

These scammers take advantage of your reasonable concerns about viruses and other threats. They know that computer users have heard time and again that it’s important to install security software. But the purpose behind their elaborate scheme isn’t to protect your computer; it’s to make money.

If you get a call from one of these so called techs:

  • Don’t give control of your computer to a third party who calls you out of the blue.
  • Do not rely on caller ID alone to authenticate a caller. Criminals spoof caller ID numbers. They may appear to be calling from a legitimate company or a local number, when they’re not even in the same country as you.
  • Online search results might not be the best way to find technical support or get a company’s contact information. Scammers sometimes place online ads to convince youto call  They pay to boost their ranking in search results so their websites and phone numbers appear above those of legitimate companies. If you want tech support, look for a company’s contact information on their software package or on your receipt.
  • Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone who calls and claims to be from tech support.
  • If a caller pressures you to buy a computer security product or says there is a subscription fee associated with the call, hang up. If you’re concerned about your computer, call your security software company directly and ask for help.
  • Never give your password on the phone. No legitimate organization calls you and asks for your password.
  • Put your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry, and then report illegal sales calls.

 

And if you happen to give out you Credit Card or Debit Card or even checking account number, close all your accounts at once and check your credit report stat.  Just because you don’t give them a lot of info will not mean they will not assume your identity. There are a lot of sites that sell information about everyone and in today’s day and age your information may be a few clicks away. 

Last, Don’t feel dumb seek help from law enforcement call and file a report. This will help you in the long run if they jack your credit. Also may help others from being their next victim.

 So this is the end!!!!  so check out some other resources online.

 https://blog.malwarebytes.com/tech-support-scams/

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx

https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/cyber

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