Scammers are at it again, impersonating well-known businesses and trying to trick people into giving out their personal identification information.
Be cautious if you receive a text message, email or phone call indicating you have been charged for something you did not order, you have been over-charged for something you did order or to renew a membership. There is usually a phone number to call within a short period of time. Once you call the number, the scammer might ask for remote access into your computer. If you allow this, they can install spyware programs on your computer, steal your online banking credentials, and attempt to drain money from your bank account.
Scammers can be very persistent and try to convince you there is a problem they can assist you with. They may ask you to go to your bank and send a wire transfer to them for their "help" or to reimburse them for an overpayment of a charge. If this happens to you, hang up and do not answer additional phone calls from them. Contact your bank and report the incident to them. You may need to have your computer scanned for viruses and spyware.
If you believe a message is legitimate, contact the company in question using a phone number you know is real. Do not use the number included in the message.
If you are involved in a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.
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