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Beware of Computer Scams!

Beware of Computer Scams in Pelican Bay!

Pelican Bay – Naples, FL – Today I want to discuss the issue of computer scams in Pelican Bay.  Why would a Realtor be discussing computer scams? My husband, Don Wilber, is the self-employed owner of Home & Business Solutions. You may have seen his ad in the Pelican Bay Post under Expert Computer Help. Don works with small business clients and people in their homes trouble shooting computer, printer, tablet, phone, digital camera, TV, and wireless systems problems. There are times when I take messages for my darling husband and after my many years of cold calling, I can hear how frantic and worried a client is in their voice.

Don has received a number of these frantic calls lately.  Pelican Bay seems to have become a target for the MICROSOFT TECH CALL SCAM.  A person will answer their phone to hear that Microsoft is calling them because their computer has become infected with a “horrible virus.”  The phony Microsoft Tech will ask the person if it is OK to take control of their computer. Often after working on the person’s computer, the phony Tech will ask the person for their credit card information so the phony Tech can “continue cleaning up the computer.”  If you should receive a call like this, HANG UP!  Don’t even bother engaging in a conversation. Microsoft will NEVER start a call to ask permission to take control of your computer.

A few months ago, I received one of these calls on my business line.  The phony Tech who had a heavy accent warned me about the “horrible virus” on my computer. In the background I could hear street and traffic noise.  I responded, “You’ve got to be @#$%*&^ kidding me!” to which the Tech replied, “No Misses. You have a horrible virus on your computer.  I must take control immediately!” I hung up. I still can’t believe the gall of this con-artist.

Don thinks Pelican Bay has become a target for this scam because we are a wealthier community in Naples and we have some older residents. Please NEVER, NEVER, NEVER let anyone take control of your computer. Don has been kept busy taking off the Malware that these phony Techs have left on people’s machines.

I think that God has created a special ring of hell for these con-artists. The worry, grieve and fear they inflect on people is deplorable.

As scams become more sophisticated beware of anyone who calls you and offers to help you with any unsolicited service.

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Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 37 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to Pelican Bay Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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