FARGO, N.D. (KVLY) -- You may have heard of malware, a malicious software that may damage your computer system, but have you heard of "scareware?"
The scareware may not damage your computer, but it could scare users into giving their credit card information to scammers.
Dianne Farha often surfs the web for new recipes but she nearly clicked on a recipe for disaster. When the website opened, the screen started flashing and saying, “warning, warning, warning,” and that if she turned off her computer, all data would be lost. The North Dakota woman had clicked on a website that was infected with scareware, a tactic used to scare people into giving up their personal information to scammers.
The flashing warning told her to call a phone number, and a man who said he was a Microsoft told her, “I’m a computer specialist and I need to get onto your computer,” Farha said.
But something didn’t seem right, so she hung up. Farha said she had heard of scammers who pose as computer technicians to trick you into giving up your credit card number so they can “fix” the problem.
Even though she hung up the phone, the screen still said that if she turned off the computer, it would be wiped, so she called Microsoft.
“The Microsoft man said, 'Well, just completely shut down your computer,' and everything was fine then,” Farha said.
Farha feels lucky that she knew better than to let someone on her computer or get her personal information, but says this isn’t the first time someone has tried using technology to scam her.
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