We help out a lot of customers every day who are victims of scams from the Internet. Some are from viruses, some are from email, and others are found by Google searches. Take a read on this list and just remember some of these potential problems that can get you.
Please be computer smart and Internet safe. If you feel something is not right or you are not sure of a webpage or a pop up on the screen, give us a call we can help.
1. UKASH VIRUS – This virus gets into your PC because you said YES or OK to something free. Sometimes a screen will come up that says RCMP and that you have illegal software on your PC. Once your computer is infected you won’t see Windows anymore, just this RCMP warning and that’s all. There is a message that you can send them money and the problem will go away, but it’s does not. We fix this all the time so please don’t send them money it won’t help. In the USA the message says FBI, in Mexico its POLICIA, and in the UK its INTERPOL.
2. PHONE CALL SAYING YOUR COMPUTER IS INFECTED: Someone will call you and will tell you that your PC is infected and they want to help for an amount of money. They will throw big words at you to bamboozle you like we are Windows and we are monitoring your internet usage. Let me tell you one things for sure, if your computer is having problems, no one will ever call you out of the blue to fix, only you know when it’s not working and you can take it to a local store like D.C. Computers. We even helped customers get their money back who paid for this scam.
3. GOOGLE SEARCH FOR HELP – One customer had a virus on a Sunday night when we were closed. So they searched on Google to find a company that sold them a $500 virus scanner that last for 3 years. We helped them get money back from this scam but was it a scam. The internet is like the “ Wild Wild west “. Laws and ethics are not enforced so they don’t exist as much so crime can flourish. Since the internet can bring the world together so can the crime scams from any town of any country in the world. Most of the internet is safe but you need to be aware at all times when on it. The customer in this storey reached out to a company in a different country for help, they just happened to be near the top of their Google search. The sales guys was a quick and smooth talker that said he will fix everything. Once the service was complete, not much of anything was done, the customer had a no name cheap virus scanner and was out of $500. If the customer click on the website above or below the one that they picked they may have got a virus program like Norton and had all of their problems solved for $80. Some trust everything online, but treat it as you would someone knocking at your door – use your judgement. If you are not sure, call us we can help.