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Be aware – scams are everywhere!

The other day I was sitting at my laptop checking out my favourite website when up popped a window popup telling me that my computer had been dangerously infected. It purported to be my computer’s antivirus software program, and it looked legit, and the idea of having a dangerous virus on my computer almost made me click that link that would run a scan. Happily my brain shifted into gear and I began to think — how on earth does a webpage off the Internet know if my computer is infected?

It turns out that clicking on this link leads to the installation of malware (malicious software).  The thieves behind this scam would then be privy to your private information such as credit card numbers and bank accounts.

Over a million computer users are affected every day by this scam.  Wrapping up a virus in the guise of antivirus software was a brilliant stroke for the thieves.

If you get a popup warning of a virus infection, close the window immediately without clicking on the links. If you have concerns that your computer has really been infected run a full system scan using legitimate antivirus software.

There are other scams out there ready to pounce on the unaware. There are some fantastic offers for weight loss and teeth whitening products. Sign up for a free trial and all you have to pay is postage and handling.

The creators of the scams are banking on their victims not reading the fine print, and in that fine print, often in a colour that closely matches the background, are terms that obligate you to pay a monthly fee forever.

People who do check out the fine print are usually looking for currency signs and numbers — the price. That is why the thieves spell out the monthly amount, such as eighty-five dollars and ninety-nine cents. It just blends into the sea of hard-to-read text. And once the victims click on “I agree” they are on the hook. They have signed a “contract” and have to pay the monthly fee.

Reputable companies let you cancel, but we’re not talking about reputable companies here. If you can’t extricate yourself from the “contract” cancel your credit card and negotiate a refund. If that doesn’t succeed, contact your credit card company to see if they can help.

Protect yourself by reading the fine print and not believing every testimonial.  As my mom always said, “If it’s too good to be true, it isn’t true.” 

Viruses every year kill or damage million of computers and destroy billions of computer files. It’s getting more and more difficult to avoid them, so the wisest solution is to protect your computer files by making a backup. CollectionMine’s remote data backup software allows you to store a copy of all of your important computer files safely and securely in a world-class data centre. 


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