Computer Scams

With the recent outbreak of internet scams in our area, it's important to warn people about the dangers. Here are some tips to prevent this from happening to you.

Con artists have become computer savvy, quick to take advantage of people who use the internet and local authorities say companies often sell e-mail lists online that predators can buy. Once they have your e-mail address, their "game" begins.

Statistics show 65 percent of these types of crime are aimed at people 5 -year old and older.

Scammers use various methods to try to get personal information, like your bank account numbers. That's all the scammer needs to withdraw money from your account. But, your money isn't the only thing in jeopardy.

Some scams can result in a virus on your computer.

One of the popular internet scams going on now is called "phishing." What the scammer will do is send out mass e-mails to random addresses and try to get bites.

Just remember if something seems suspicious, it probably is.

Authorities say just use common sense when doing any kind of business online.

Local authorities say if you suspect an internet crime, you should contact the FBI.