SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Senior Center Warns Seniors Of ‘Computer Takeover’ Scams

Below is an announcement in the latest Wilmington Senior Center newsletter:

WILMINGTON, MA — Financial institutions in the area have recently seen an uptick in customers falling victim to computer/account takeover scams. This type of scam happens when a fraudster will pose as a trusted organization like a financial institution, Microsoft, Pay Pal, etc. The fraudster will then insist the individual login into their online banking and/or send funds via wires, gift cards, or even withdraw cash from their accounts to convert into bitcoin using local bitcoin ATMs.

Consumer scams happen on the phone, through the mail, e-mail, or over the internet. They can occur in person, at home, or at a business. There are several steps you can take to protect yourself and others from fraud and scams. Here are some tips to protect yourself from falling victim:

  • Remember that caller ID can be faked.
  • If you receive an unexpected email or text, watch out for misspelled words. Fraudulent texts and emails often have typos.
  • If you think an email, text, or call might be a scam, play it safe. Just hang up and call the number on the back of your card.
  • Regardless of how legitimate the request may seem, do not share numbers, passwords for accounts, credit cards, or Social Security with anyone.
  • Do not get pressured into acting quickly.

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