SUN lAKES rESIDENT FALLS VICTIM OF SCAM
The Scam: A Sun Lakes resident received a phone call from someone claiming they were from Century Link. They were not, and had no affiliation with the company. They said that they were trying to find a reason for the slowdown with the Internet that she and her neighbors were experiencing, and would like to make an appointment in order to resolve the problem, or troubleshoot it over the phone. The resident agreed to do it over the phone. The scammer asked that the customer be on their computer and allow him to control it remotely.
One he had access to the computer he explained that the problem had been fixed and thanked the resident. He then explained that the copy of Windows had no registration key and would cause her problems in the future. He would be able to remedy this through Microsoft. The resident agreed and he explained that he would need to use a credit card for a small charge of a dollar or two. The resident grabbed a debit card. He said that it would be fine. However he asked her to call the number on the back of the card and explain that it would be used several times as payment for computer work this morning.
Of course you know the rest of the story. As a result the resident opened all of her important stuff to the scammer and gave him access to a credit card. We are trusting folks and our tendency is to want to help other people out as well. Stay safe and don't fall victim to scams such as this.
A lot has changed since we first started the Computer Booters here at Sun Lakes. Now phones are more powerful computers than those we first started working with. Tablets, the Cloud, and WiFi have also joined the ranks of computing. Some of us may remember Dick Tracy’s wristwatch. Well, that is here as well!
Computer Booters, and our guest lecturers and instructors, will strive to keep you current with the newest technology. You will feel comfortable here as a beginner or as an advanced user. It is our hope that you will join our club and continue to learn about this ever-changing technology with other folks in the area. We also offer Lifetime Membership.
The Computer Booters of Sun Lakes meets monthly from September through May on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 PM with a social time and coffee and cookies. The regular meeting will start at 6:30 PM in the Navajo Room of Sun Lakes 1 Country Club. The meeting usually consists of two parts: announcements by one of our members, and a presentation on a topic of interest by a computer professional. Speaker presentations are followed by Q&A sessions. Should you have any questions about the material, you have an opportunity to ask them. Members and guests receive a free ticket for the door prize drawing at the end of the meeting.
Computer Booters are now allowed to invite adults from nearby communities such as SunBird, Springfield, and Chandler, to become members. They can attend one Computer Booters General Meeting without charge. We hope they like what we offer and look forward to them becoming members.
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