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The identify thieves are constantly working on new ways to steal your identity and critical personal data such as passwords, credit card and bank information.
So let’s look at the many ways they are currently working.
1. Popup windows on your computer
2. Email scams
3. Phone calls
So if you happen to get a popup, try to close it, if you cannot close it, shutdown your computer, and restart it. In most cases you can then go back to using your computer. In some rare cases you will need a computer technician to eliminate the problem.
NEVER give anyone remote access to your computer unless they are a local person who you know and trust. If you’re ever in doubt about the legitimacy of a message you’ve seen from a vendor (such as Apple or Microsoft, contact that vendor directly (i.e., look up their actual number instead of calling the number given in the message) or, better yet, contact your IT support person.
Your best option is to have an ongoing relationship with one technician instead of trusting your private information with revolving techs from a box store.
We will look at the other 2 options in the next blogs.
Email scams are simply another version of the same thing. The
best choice is to not open any email you suspect as being a scam.
If you you do open it, you can verify the sender by clicking on the
senders name, often you will see it is not from a legitimate
Apple and Microsoft do not fix your computer and therefore any
email that you receive saying you have been hacked or that your
computer is at risk is always a scam! Regardless of who sent it!
Phone calls about your computer are ALWAYS scams, no one
can see your computer information unless you give them access.
So if you receive a call saying you have been hacked or that your
computer needs to be cleaned up or repaired, it is always a scam.
What normally happens is that the scammer asks for permission to
access your computer in order to fix the problem. Once you give them
access they are literally hacking and stealing your data, and then
they charge you $350.
So now you just paid a hacker $350 to steal your data.