Burnsville, Minnesota – August 9, 2018 – Better Business Bureau® of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning consumers about a newer scam that’s affected other parts of the country and seems to have moved into our area – a fake “pop-up” alert scam which tells computer users that adult content has been detected on their computers. People are then urged to call an 877 number before closing the page or their “computer access will be disabled to prevent further damage to our network.” The alert also says, “Financial data, Facebook Logins and credit card details are being stolen.” However, these alerts are not legitimate and unknown entities behind them are fraudulent.
“This is yet another scam that operates on fear and uncertainty,” said Susan Adams Loyd, President and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. “Fraudsters are counting on consumers being willing to make a payment to avoid potential embarrassment. We’re telling people not to panic and not to play into the hands of scammers, as they are very likely bluffing.” Read more below: