Friday, November 05, 2010
Fraudulent internet scams circulating
Fraudulent internet scams have been reported in the area, attempting to capture sensitive information, including credit card number and other personal data. Some of these scams may purport special offers through pop-up ads related to a user's internet activity, which makes these fraudulent offers appear relevant and safe.
Fraudulent offers of this type may be generated as a result of a user's personal computer being infected with malware (malicious software). Malware can generate offers that appear to be legitimate but are actually a scam. To better protect yourself against this type of malicious software, it is recommended that you install up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware software on your computer, and should you find malware or spyware on your computer, to have it professionally removed.
Equally as critical as software protection is staying alert and cautious while online. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of a message you've received whether it's delivered online, via e-mail, by phone or even in person, trust your instincts and do not proceed until doing research. Don't provide any personal information until you can verify the legitimacy of the offer with the company or organization using contact information you know to be genuine.