Beware of a Gift Giving Scam

I’m sure most Facebook users and many of those who are not have heard of “Go Fund Me”. 

It is an easy way to raise money for an emergency, a desperate need or other special fund. It is easy to set up, can potentially reach thousands and generate much money.

Is it good? Potentially YES!! If you know the cause or the person running it then it is most likely going to be okay.

However it has been found that there are scammers out there who have been found to set up a fund with a heartbreaking cause. People donate because they care and the money is going in someone’s pocket.

There is at present no oversight.

So while I encourage charitable donations; just be aware of who you give your money too.

Ongoing Computer scams in our Village

Several of our residents have fell victim to computer scams.

  • Some from suspected Microsoft; some from anti virus programs.

If you get a pop up on the web and it might freeze the screen It will claim something like: WARNING, your computer may be infected. Call a toll free number at Microsoft. You wont get a call from Microsoft. They aren’t monitoring your computer.

If frozen, hit together :CTRL + ALT + Delete and click on task manager. Locate Google or Microsoft edge and end task. Problem solved.

DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER or let them access your Computer!!!!!

The same applies if you got a call from Anti- Virus company. They shouldn’t call you unless you pay for a monitoring service. Again don’t let them access your computer.

If you feel there may be a problem, run your anti virus program on FULL SCAM!! If still unsure contact a TECH Support Agent.

If your computer is running slow

The problem is generally due to not clearing Browsing History (COOKIES)

Do do it on Google (Edge very similar) follow steps below for easiest way:

GOOGLE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Click on 3 dots on right side of Google home page or your home page

 

Click on History

Click again on History which will bring History page above in Blue.

On left side click on clear browsing history 

When next page comes up: change obliterate browsing history to delete from beginning of time

And click on clear browsing history

 

Your done

Or Click on link below with pictures

how to clear history on Google

 

SCAMS

NEW:5/1/16: Scammers are trying to get personal information from people by pretending to help with applications for disability benefits and claims. A recent alert from the Social Security Inspector General warns of this phishing scam, and — whether or not you’ve started an application for benefits — these scammers could contact you. They’re taking a shot in the dark, hoping that you have started an application, and hoping you’ll give them a little more info over the phone. To “complete the process,” they might ask you to give, or confirm, your Social Security number or bank account numbers.
If scammers get your information, you could face identity theft and benefit theft.

So here are a few things you can do to help protect yourself:

1)Never give your Social Security number or account numbers to someone who calls you.
2)Don’t wire money or send money using a prepaid debit card. In fact, never pay someone who calls out of the blue.
3)If you have disability benefits, regularly check their status, and review your statements to make sure they’re right.
4)Pressured to provide your information? That’s a sure sign of a scam. Hang up immediately and report it to the Social Security Fraud Hotline and the FTC.
If you have questions about disability benefits, or get calls offering help with them, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.
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Stop and Shop-Riverhead. Be alert when shopping.

If an item is posted on a shelf in the store and the item at check out comes up higher,the store is obligated to give you the posted price. Don’t let them bully you.

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New: Hotel Scam- You rent a room. When you check in you give them a credit card to cover the costs. Once in the room you receive a call from someone who says they are from the front desk and there is a problem with your card and they just need to verify the numbers. They ask you to read them back to them. DONOT!! It is a scam. Someone called the hotel and asked for your room #. Tell the caller you will come down to the front desk to check it out and Hang up. Then if you want call the front desk to verify.

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IF you get a call from MICROSOFT telling you your computer is telling them it is needing repair and they need access to fix it. JUST HANG UP!!They will lock your computer and either steal your files or charge you a fee to unlock it.

HANG UP

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ALSO it is tax season REMEMBER THE IRS never calls so if they do it is a scam

Another scam going around. If you get a call from a credit card company saying they noticed a fraudulent charge on your account.They then will ask for your credit card number so they can remove the charge. IT IS A SCAM!!! THe credit card company will have your card number already. Just hang up!