By: Elizabeth Nickerson
July 13, 2013
Tallahassee, FL-- Sophisticated scams are running rampant nationwide, and even the savviest of people are falling for it. And all it takes is the click of a mouse.
You think you're connecting to a shopping website to claim your gift card or even your bank, but it's really an email from scammers.
"Make sure all your anti-viruses are up to date when you check your emails before you open up a link to anything be sure you know what you are opening up," said Tony Drzewiecki from the Leon County Sheriff's Office.
"If you send me some money and I can forward you back the money, yeah I figured out quick that it was totally shady," said Kim Bibeau, a Tallahassee Resident.
Kim Bibeau says she gets a scam email every month and the newest is asking to verify your bank account. It looks like the real thing with the Capital City logo and graphics, but its not.
The subject line says "Your online banking has been suspended" and says the client must complete an ..."instant verification process" in order to regain access.
LCSO says that is where the trouble begins. With a couple clicks entering personal information can lead to a compromise of your account.
"Whenever I receive an email like that I would typically either ignore it," said Whitney McNutt, a Tallahassee Resident.
"I was always taught if its too good to be true and probably is too good to be true," said Bibeau.
The Capital City Bank says if it needs to communicate with you it will mail you a letter, it has your address and knows how to find you. The bank warns it doesn't use email, and doesn't ask for personal information over the internet or by phone.
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