Name That Scam

Name That Scam

There are so many fake lotteries out there, particularly ones that come from foreign countries. Many of us recognize that those are scams. But what if the sweepstakes winnings came from Facebook or Google? You might bite with big names like those. But then you'd lose that game.

Google users watch out for one fake email. It claims you've won a Google lottery. There is no Google lottery, and you don't want to respond to this. Crooks are either after your money or personal information. If you see this one, delete it or report it to Anti-Phishing Working Group.

Here's another fake lottery notice that showed up in one viewer's email. This one claims you have won a "Facebook" lottery. Once again, cyber crooks hope you will give up your personal information, cash, or both. Don't respond or click any links. Clicking the link could install a virus on your computer. Report this one to Facebook.

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center posted a new warning. It's an alert about a malicious email targeting university employees. The fake notices claim there's been a change in your human resource status. The trick is to get you to click a link where cyber criminals will steal your credentials, then change your direct deposit information. Report any suspicious emails to your employer. Yon can also report this to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Finally, if you shop at Walgreens, a note that recently surfaced just may fool you. Cyber experts say it's a scam. The email says you have an order waiting on you. To view the details, you're told to click a link. Of course, there is no order waiting on you and if you click the link it will install a virus on your computer which allows crooks to steal your private information.

Report this one to the Anti-Phishing Working Group.

As always, keep those tips and questions coming. EmailFacebook or call me at (216) 367-7369.

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