They’re baaack! Don’t worry there are no ghosts living in your TV, it’s just those pesky Federal Trade Commission scam emails that seem to resurface in our inboxes every other month.
Once again, the FTC is out warning folks about another round of fraudulent emails scaring them into believing the federal government is after them. These emails usually insist you are under investigation and to click on a link for further information on the matter. Out of fear, many are falling for the scam and falling further victim to phishing practices, malware installation or scammer monitoring.
- Phishing Scams could be an email asking you to visit a website where you are then directed to update personal information, including credit card numbers, bank account information, or SSN’s for companies you may already do business with.
- Malware is defined as malicious software used to crash your computer and/or penetrate your operating system to steal personal information.
- Scammer Monitoring is a malware program that actually infiltrates your computer and grants access to online thieves who then monitor your online activity where they can steal your identify, commit fraud or send out spam messages via your social media network or address book.
If the federal government wants to reach you, they will never contact you via email! Never trust an email stating they’ve been trying to contact you.
Your Action Plan.
- Email the FTC. Per the FTC, if you suspect you’ve received an email stating you’re under federal investing or required as a witness in an investigation, the email is fake! You can forward any of these emails to the FTC’s spam collection email address firstname.lastname@example.org where they will work to identify these fraudulent companies.
- Call TRU Computers. If you think you’re a victim of malware, call TRU Computers at (412) 854-1330. We are one of Pittsburgh’s elite computer-repair service providers and we are experts at diagnosing and resolving issues common with malware programs.
- Stay Ahead of the Game. For more information on fraud alerts and other topics in the IT world, follow our News page for the most up to date IT information.