Watch for pop-up scams
Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of deceptive pop-up alerts on their computers claiming that their devices are infected with viruses and could be vulnerable to hackers. Individuals are being targeted through pop-up messages designed to resemble security alerts from legitimate computer manufacturers or other technology companies. Tech support scams aren’t exclusive to pop-up alerts on your computer. Scammers will also call claiming to work for Microsoft, Windows or another trusted company and ask for remote access of the targeted victim’s computer hoping to steal personal and sensitive information. The Office of the Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division (CPD) has received 111 tech support complaints so far this year. The CPD advises individuals to ignore these security alert pop-ups in order to avoid losing their hard-earned money to one of the fastest-growing scams on the internet. Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General if they believe they have been scammed. You can reach the CPD by visiting IndianaConsumer.com or calling 1-800-382-5516.
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