June 23, 2021

Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia says IP address scams are getting creative

From the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia:

BBB is seeing an increasing number of these cons reported to BBB.org/ScamTracker. There are two versions of this scam you should be ready to spot.

How the Scam Works

In one version, a pop-up appears on your computer screen with an ominous warning from a well-known tech support company. The pop-up asks you to call a number to resolve the issue. When you do, a “technician” will tell you your IP address is being used by shady individuals. In some reports, scammers claim child pornography websites are using your IP address and you could be held responsible.

In a second version of the scam, you simply receive a call out of the blue from someone making similar claims.

In both cases, scammers say they work for a reputable company and can fix the problem, but you’ll need to pay a fee and give them remote access to your computer…

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