La Jolla Light Crime and Public-Safety News: April 4

BBB issues tips for avoiding tech- support scams

There is a new tech support scam attempting to deceive people by claiming their Internet Protocol (IP) address has been compromised. In the last few months, Better Business Bureau (BBB) has seen an increased number of reports to BBB Scam Tracker, regarding this type of fraud.

According to the BBB 2018 Scam Tracker Risk Report, tech support scams were the seventh riskiest scam, with a reported 31.7 percent victim rate and a median loss of $403.

There are two versions of this scam consumers should be ready to spot. In one, a pop-up appears on the computer screen with an ominous warning from a well-known tech support company....