By Dave Culbreth. CREATED Aug 23, 2013
Cape Coral, Fla. -
Would computer hackers, thieves, stoop so low as to use pictures of children from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to steal your identity? FOX4 Troubleshooter Dave Culbreth has found a new scam where the answer is......yes!
It used to be just the email that was the problem, now it's the attachment as well. Lately, there's people who are using pictures of missing children to rip you off. "The reason the FBI has issued a bulletin on this is because it's using a missing children theme, which is really pretty dastardly,"
says Paul Rausch, a computer security expert and the owner of Greenwire Technology Solutions in Cape Coral.
He says they've gotten pretty sharp about it too. Now the crooks are arming themselves with more information about you to trick you into thinking they're legit. "So instead of just making the general 'Hey, give us your password', now it's 'Hey, Mr. Mike Jones, with an account number ending in these last four digits, can you please give us your password so that we can unlock the account," Rausch added. "When in reality, they're just pretending to be that bank or that other trusted institution just to get your password and commit fraud."
They want you to think that.....'well, if this caller knows all this about me, they must be legit'? "Absolutely," said Rausch. "They're trying to build more trust in the victim so that the victim is more inclined to give them more information"
In this latest FBI alert, Rausch says the problem is the attachment, "Unfortunately, when you open that attachment you're going to be infected. Then what happens is they're going to try to steal information from you, they're going to attempt to extort you, or conduct identity theft."
So how do you know what to open and what not to? "The number one thing you can do is avoid attachments from people you don't know, to always treat everything with a certain level of skepticism, especially if someone ever contacts you," Rausch insisted. "I mean the easiest way to do it is say, 'Hey, tell ME my account number', or 'I'll call you back on the number on the back of the card'."
He says that's the way to do it because if you call the number on the back of your credit or debit card, your bank will know if someone from it's fraud department called you or not, they log that information.
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