Scams are on the rise in Indiana, with reports suggesting that new cases are popping up throughout the northern part of the state. According to the Better Business Bureau, the scams are mainly affecting residents of the Michiana area.
The main scam involves computer pop-ups. An ad pops up on the user’s computer screen, telling them that their computer is infected with a virus. The advertisement also provides a number that they can call to have the problem fixed.
However, when users call the number, they are told that the problem can be fixed for a one time fee. Not realizing that there is no problem with their system in the first place. But rather, they’ve been victims of a hoax.
Some residents have also become victims of a phone scam. Michiana residents are being contacted, and told that the federal government has selected them to receive an $8,000 sum. Then asking for bank account and routing numbers to transfer the money.
While it’s too early to tell how many people have been affected, the problem has been fairly widespread.
So remember, always be skeptical of anybody asking for money to fix a computer problem out of the blue. Or calling and asking for your personal information.