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Hackers using ‘Scareware’ to scam

Computer users beware. Hackers are now using "scareware."

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 10:58 AM
Updated: Dec 19, 2017 7:38 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) — Computer users beware. Hackers are now using "scareware."

It's a pop-up that looks like a virus. The pop-up will say "computer is affected, call this phone number for help."

The phone number listed is actually a scam number.

If you call the number, hackers are able to get into your computer and will ask for payment.

Many have already fallen for the scam and their bank accounts have suffered.

"It's important just not to give anybody your credit card number. If you're at all worried about a pop-up, bring it locally where you can deal face to face with somebody," said Melissa Jenkins, the manager at Guardian Computer Systems.

Jenkins says if you do see the pop-up, the best thing to do is turn off your computer.

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