By: Mike Springer
May 16, 2013
Thomasville, GA-Cyber Scams are a growing problem for many business owners.
"It's a big concern for everybody," said Heather Gideon of the Wiregrass Gallery.
Recently, Thomasville Police say a local business woman became the victim of one of these scams.
According to police, a person claiming to be from Wells Fargo told the woman over the phone to leave her computer on over the weekend so they could do updates. Police say the person had no association with the company what-so-ever.
When the woman returned, she found her accounts had been accessed and she was out several thousand dollars.
Police won't say how the suspect was able to access the woman's personal information.
But according to a recent national study, the number of cyber scams is up 11% from 2011 with a total loss exceeding half a billion dollars.
Some business owners say they're already taking precautions.
"If something looks suspicious, we delete it or send it to spam and notify the person we think has been involved," said Gideon.
The Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce says if you get a call from someone asking for personal information, always try and verify who they are first.
"Check with your chamber to see if they've ever been heard of, or even if we haven't heard of them, contact the Better Business Bureau," said Melody Porter with the chamber of commerce.
The chamber also offers cyber fraud seminars for its members for a nominal fee.