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Scam of the Week: That Free Avengers: Endgame Download You Found Online? It’s a Scam!

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If you’re looking to stream or download blockbuster movies when they’re still in theaters, you probably shouldn’t. Why not? Well, first and foremost, this is called piracy and it is illegal. Secondly, any “free downloads” you do find will likely be a scam.

Recently, a popular search engine result for Avengers: Endgame claims to offer either a download or a full viewing of the blockbuster hit. The movie even begins streaming automatically, but you’re prompted to make an account shortly after. Creating an account is free, but you soon find that you must “validate” your account using your credit card details.

Don’t be fooled! If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Remember the following to stay safe when browsing online:

  • Never download anything from an unfamiliar or questionable website. Especially if the download could be stolen, and therefore illegal, material.
  • Never give information to a website you can’t trust. Even if you don’t enter credit card data, simply creating an account makes your email address more vulnerable to future scams–especially phishing attacks.
  • Never reuse passwords. If you create an account on a dangerous site, scammers will try to use your email and password combination to break into your other accounts.

Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.

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Scam of the Week: Watch Out for Robocall Scams

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Scam of the Week: Watch Out for Robocall Scams

The bad guys are automating robocall scams worldwide. Recently, there has been a rise in this type of fraud. They have a variety of attacks that you should watch out for. Here are a few examples:

  1. Bank account and credit card scams where the bad guy claims to be an official from your bank or card company
  2. Extortion scams where they request payment for a kidnapped friend or family member
  3. Callback Scams where you are tricked into calling back a very expensive international number
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Scam of the Week: Watch out for Tech Support Scams

Scam of the Week: Watch out for Tech Support Scams

Nowadays, you should be on high alert whenever you’re browsing the web. The cyber scammers are counting on you to have an average (or below-average) level of knowledge about cybersecurity threats so they can trick you into downloading malicious applications.

The attack usually goes like this: First, you receive a fake Windows Alert pop-up message claiming “Your PC might be infected” and to “click OK to do a quick 10-second scan”.

When you click OK, a very realistic-looking–but very fake–”system scan” runs within your browser. The scan looks almost identical to your antivirus software’s real system scans.

Once the “scan” ends, you’re told that your PC is indeed infected and that you need to download and install an update to the antivirus software. Don’t do it! This “update” is actually an unwanted application that will install onto your computer.

Consider the following to protect yourself from this type of scam:

  • Never trust internet pop-ups. They often use scare tactics to get you to call a number for tech support or download an application to "fix" the problem.
  • Go to your IT administrator (if at work) or a reputable computer repair company (if at home) if you think something is wrong with your computer.

Stay safe out there! Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.

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