The Better Business Bureau of Abilene and the Big Country is warning area residents to beware of scams targeting victims through their computers, according to a Tuesday news release.
In the release, the BBB said it has received several complaints and reports against a company claiming to be located in the Big Country. However, contact information provided to consumers results in returned mail, an invalid phone number and an inactive website.
Complainants reported they contacted the company after being prompted by their computers, which they were told had been attacked. The company, which claimed to be associated with Microsoft, would then attempt to sell protection for hundreds of dollars.
The BBB encourages consumers to be cautious when clicking on links, and to avoid clicking on any pop-up that freezes the computer, doing a hard shut down if necessary to restart. People who believe they have been the victim of a tech scam are encouraged to bring their computers to a “brick and mortar” business for repair.
For information, or to report a scam, go to bbb.org/us/tx/abilene/news.