Commentary

MILAM COUNTY T.R.I.A.D.

Computers: Good, but opportunity for plenty of scams


Ted Hubert Ted Hubert I f you are one of those senior citizens refusing to learn ways to access the Internet and browse the websites, you might want to consider some benefits you enjoy inside your home.

You can communicate with family and friends. There is entertainment, shopping, bill paying, bank accounts, games, read books, newspapers, movies, e-mails employment and more.

When you are lonely or bored, go to the computer. It is a wonderful way to pass away time during sleepless nights because you have an entire library sitting on your desk.

Expense was one excuse for not owning a computer. These machines are affordable today. Having a computer is a must in today’s world.

Computers are like a vehicle, though. You may not know what makes them work, leaving the door open for scammers.

Scammers now contact computer owners with the news that they have found X number of errors in the computer’s directory which will cause the computer to crash and all its information lost.

It can be fixed remotely for a low fee this week of only $125. Eliminating these problems will make your computer healthy and speed up its performance.

Cybercriminals will trick victims into downloading malware, or getting permission to enter the sensitive data areas that hold your passwords and user names.

False websites are setup to snare the innocent computer users and take unfair advantage of them. The elderly are favorite prey for these crooks.

One major problem is the impostor posing as an agent to a reputable company offering customer service. It seems more and more difficult to talk to American citizens when you seek technical support from businesses in the United States.

You dial the number for customer service and someone from New Delhi, India answers the call and offers help for your problem.

These technicians may work in the Philippines, or Australia or other far away places.

One thing is obvious. The jobs are sent out of America. The problem with broken English is compounded when the listener is hard of hearing.

Giving information to customer service in a foreign land is unnerving.

They all ask for your name, telephone number, last four digits of your social security number and zip code. Security is only as strong as the integrity of the individual worker.

It’s required if you want the service. You are taking a chance giving this information, even in America, but how trustworthy are those outside the USA?

The decision is yours. Be careful.

How can you avoid being scammed by well doers that call? The answer is relatively simple. Never trust an unsolicited phone call. Underscore never in this case.

Some companies will call and ask you to try their products.

You say no thank you. You get the bill each month on your credit card statement.

You need to read each statement you get very carefully. Report any charge you did not authorize immediately. It is your money and you need to protect it.

Milam County TRIAD is working for you. If you are a resident of Milam County and 55 years of age or older, you are a member in good standing. Never any dues or fees. ted@myalpha1.net


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