Don’t be too quick to click: several Internet-related scams are making local rounds
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —
The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig wants the public to be aware of a couple of scams currently making the rounds.
In one ripoff, consumers receive a computer-generated phone call telling them they have won $100 off of their AT&T phone bill. The phone call instructs them to log onto the website www.iliveatt.com, which looks legitimate but is only a “convincing fake,” reports Dave Edwards of the D.A.’s office.
The site tries to steal personal information to use for fraud.
Also reported locally is an email message that purports to be a “foreclosure notice.”
The email sounds official, and tells you that you are being foreclosed and evicted from your home. You are asked to respond immediately by clicking on a link.
The message “is designed to scare you into responding quickly, while you are upset and not thinking clearly,” reports Derek Soriano of the D.A.’s office. “Cybercriminals are trying to get you to open attachments which may contain computer viruses, or provide them with a credit card number. You can be sure this is a scam designed to steal your money and possibly your identity. If you receive an unexpected or unsolicited email like this and you are not sure if it is legitimate, you should contact your bank and/or realtor to ask them about it before you respond.”
Edwards offered these tips:
— Beware if a message offers something that seems too good to be true.
— Watch out if the message threatens negative action, such as canceling your account, if you fail to act immediately.
— Be suspicious if a message asks you to click on a link to update or submit your information.
— Don’t respond to or open attachments, or click on links, in unsolicited emails.
EDITOR’S NOTE: At the News-Ledger office, we have seen the “foreclosure notice” email scam mentioned above by the D.A.’s office. We have also received a fake “Notice to Appear in Court,” claiming to notify the recipient that he or she is due in court, and attempting to get the recipient to click on a link for more details. Clicking on the link would no doubt lead to trouble.
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