Watch out for bogus parking tickets that may lead to computer viruses
Friday, June 26, 2009
Consumers in some other states have reported receiving fraudulent parking tickets left by scammers on cars parked at shopping malls, hospitals, grocery stores and college campuses.
The fraudulent tickets direct drivers to an official looking website that claims to have photos of the driver’s alleged violation. Visiting this website may inadvertently download a virus to the driver’s computer. The virus may try to fool consumers into buying worthless anti-virus software, capture user keystrokes in order to obtain online passwords and account information, or use the computer to forward spam to thousands of other PC’s.
While this parking ticket scam has not been reported in North Carolina, the Attorney General’s Office urges North Carolina consumers to be aware of the dangers of computer viruses that can steal your money and your personal information.
To protect yourself from computer viruses:
- Avoid unfamiliar websites.
- Never download or install a new program unless you are absolutely sure that you can trust the source.
- Don’t store personal identification numbers (PINs), account numbers or financial information on a computer that is accessible to the Internet.
- Keep your anti-virus and anti-spyware software up to date.
For more tips on Internet safety and other helpful consumer information, please visit our new website at www.ncdoj.gov. To contact Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer Protection office, call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina or visit www.ncdoj.gov.