Fake ‘pop-up” alert scam moving into our area

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KX News wants to warn you of a scam moving into our area. 

It’s a fake “pop-up” alert that says there’s been adult content detected on your computer.

You’re then urged to call an 877 number, before closing the page. 
The alert also says, “Financial data, Facebook Logins and credit card details are being stolen.”
However, the Better business bureau says these alerts are not legitimate.

Though these “alerts” look scary, they only become dangerous when people call the phone numbers that accompany these messages.Though these “alerts” look scary, they only become dangerous when people call the phone numbers that accompany these messages.

What to do if you see this alert:

BBB’s advice to the public remains the same: don’t panic. Keep in mind that a lot of personal information – including old usernames and passwords in some cases – has been made available through various high-profile data breaches in recent years.  Successful phishing attacks, wherein scammers gather sensitive personal data through impersonation schemes conducted via email, are another source of information fraudsters use to their advantage.

If you’re concerned about an alert you’ve received on your computer, contact BBB (bbb.org) to report your experience and get expert advice. Don’t call the phone numbers that appear within these alerts, as they’re part of the scheme.

When in doubt, exit out of the page you’re on, close your browser or simply shut down your computer. If the alerts won’t go away, you may need to contact a technical expert. 

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