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Have You Received This Phony Invoice?

Have You Received This Phony Invoice?

02-2018

By: Oana Schneider

Have You Received This Phony Invoice?

It’s no secret that scammers would go to a lot of trouble to get your money and your favorite BBB® would like to warn everyone that this new scam could leave you penniless if you’re not careful. In this version of the scam, fraudsters pose as tech support specialists, email you a phony invoice showing a recent purchase and also a link that you are asked to click in case you didn’t authorize the alleged purchase.

Yes, you guessed it! This is a phishing scam looking to get its hands on your personal information. Scammers can also install malware on your computers through these fake emails, so be very wary when receiving an email from an unknown source.

Here are a few tips on keeping your information secure:

1. Be very cautious when opening attachments! Even if you think you know the sender, it’s best that you use caution and not open attachments unless you were expecting them. Otherwise, it could end up being a phishing scam!

  1. If a government agency, company or organization asks you to click on a link, be very careful! What you can do is contact the sender at an official phone number or email address (that you can find on their respective website) and ask if it was indeed them who contacted you.
  2. Set your software to update automatically! This way, you’ll be able to detect threats and phony invoices ahead of time, so make sure to use an antivirus that you trust and set it to update automatically as often as it needs to.

If you believe you’ve been victimized by a phishing scam, report your experience to bbb.org/Scamtracker! And if you need a computer specialist, you can find a trustworthy one at bbb.org!

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Oana

Oana Schneider is our Director of Media Services. She writes consumer and business oriented articles and is in charge of our community outreach program.