Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!
Original Air Date: Oct 1, 2015
Fake security pop-ups
A new form of pop-up security scams seems to be catching a lot of people off guard with their cleverly designed schemes.
You’ll essentially get a popup that appears to lock up your browser and warn you that you’ve been infected and that you need to call a toll free number so a certified security expert can help you.
This scam is not limited to Windows users as a Mac specific version of the scam has been planted around the Internet as well.
The scammers plant malicious links on social media, in clever phishing email messages, in user forums and in the comments section of popular websites.
Here’s the thing, none of the legitimate antivirus programs will post an 800 number as your first course of action, because they actually don’t want you to call them.
Good security software will block known attacks and malicious websites and will only detect infections during a scheduled or manual scan.
They won’t ever pop-up their 800 numbers so now you know it’s a red flag.