I haven't updated the Techfella Blog in a while, mainly because nobody reads my garbaly goop anyway. But this is important, so I urge you to pay attention.
Recently two of my friends encountered new Internet scams that seems so legit they almost fell prey to them. One involves the someone pretending to be a Google representative who called them about their ISP (internet service provider) Comcast being hacked and their computer is at risk. First rule of thumb people...NO ONE FROM GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, APPLE OR ANY OTHER LEGITIMENT COMPANY WILL CALL YOU OUT OF THE BLUE! I have mentioned this before, but apparently it is not being heard. The scam goes on to encourage you buy Google gift cards and read off the number so they can be paid to remedy the problem with your computer. The real kicker is they tell you once your computer is fixed, they will refund your money! Come on folks...who does that?
The other new scam is really clever and will probably fool a lot of people, because it involves Amazon! I can't take credit for this post, but I'm so glad I ran across it. I do a lot of Amazon shopping and this one could have easily fooled me for sure.
This being the holiday season we need to be hyper vigilant when it comes to internet scams. Be smart, do an occasional search for internet scams on Google, Yahoo, or whatever. Watch the news for new information on scams. My advise is to make sure you have antivirus software installed and updated on your computer and even your smart phone! I posted an article on getting free antivirus software from your ISP here on my blog.