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Lynn Says

More ways to scam you

 


A new twist on getting you to give away your personal information is hitting my email accounts about every week.

One this week was allegedly from Network Solutions saying they wanted to confirm my user name and reset my password.

This one got my attention because Network Solutions is the hosting firm for nearly all of our email accounts and web sites.

I was suspicious so I went to NetworkSolutions.com and logged on normally with my common user name and password. There were no problems in getting on and doing whatever I wanted to my accounts.

Had I succumbed to the suspicious email, I suppose the scammer could have used my “new” password and bought all sort of services from Network Solutions using my on-file credit card. They might have been able to retrieve my credit card name and number and gone on a world-wide buying binge.

Another type of email that comes almost weekly is from crooks who are guessing who my banking or credit card provider is. About once a week, I get a phishing email allegedly from Bank of America wanting to “confirm” my banking information. I also get similar “confirming” emails from Wells Fargo.

I don't do business with either of those firms so I know they are bogus.

There is no perfect answer to these scams. I think the best solution is to pick up the phone and call your bank or credit card company if you receive an email claiming to be from them.

 

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