Better Business of Bureau warns Hoosiers of scam targeting computer users
INDIANAPOLIS – The Better Business of Bureau of Central Indiana is warning anyone with a computer to beware of a technical support scheme, making rounds in the area.
Here’s how it works: Scammers will call you and tell you they work for a reputable company and noticed that your computer has a virus or issue. They offer to fix it for you, if you give them access to your computer.
“You can lose your personal stuff, passwords, and even your identity,” said Tim Maniscalo, president of the BBB of central Indiana. “If you get an unsolicited call, you know that’s a real red flag, or an unsolicited email. And if someone is proactively telling you, you’ve got a problem with your computer, you’ve got a virus, that should be a real red flag too.”
Scammers may even mask their identity by using apps that will change their numbers to look like you’re getting a call from a legitimate company. Maniscalo said the best thing you can do is hang up.
“People who are doing this, they’ll pick a certain area of the country. Let’s say they’re gonna go to central Indiana. They’ll work that area until their found out.”