To think that everybody will use technology for only good is unfortunately too good to be true. Scammers are utilizing the internet to become more deceitful than ever. Scammers are building websites for their “company” that look and feel very legitimate. However, you should never judge a book by its cover (or a website by its home page).
Recently, we at Tech II received a bill in the mail from a company posing as a website backup service. Since this is a service we provide ourselves, a little investigation was called for. A quick visit to their website revealed the inconsistencies. One example: the amount due on the bill was not consistent with the pricing on the web page.
When you receive any form of communication, before responding, you should verify the source by checking their website for inconsistencies, exaggerations, and poor grammar. There are a plethora of websites that build databases of known scams to help protect you. A good place to stay a step ahead with the latest info and practical tips from the nation’s consumer protection agency, is the Federal Trade Commission website. You can browse FTC scam alerts by topic or by most recent at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.
Unfortunately, there are new scams every day. You must stay cautious and alert when replying to an email, letter, or phone call from an unknown source.