Online dating email dos and donts

The advice remains the same: Consult an actual computer professional.

Because really, how likely is it that a giant software company like Microsoft or Facebook would tell you there's a problem and then offer to help you fix it?

Real government-run lotteries withhold taxes before you ever get a dime.

To learn more: https://org/money/scams-fraud/info-10-2013/These scams vary widely, from callers offering to pay upfront for future disability and pension payments (usually just a rip off) to scams in which veterans are told to call a special number to determine if they're eligible for special health care under the Veterans Choice Program.

To learn more: https://org/health/medicare-insurance/info-2017/Particularly insidious, these scams often start with a late-night call from someone purporting to be a relative, and although their voice might not sound right, they might know a few specific details about you or the person they're pretending to be.

To learn more: https://org/money/scams-fraud/info-2016/Your computer or phone pops up a message: A virus has been detected and you should call a certain number.

Sometimes these are deliberate attacks in which someone has infected your device with a piece of software that locks it up until you pay a ransom (an attack called ransomware).

"No legitimate computer company will call you and unsolicited tell you that you have a virus," said Amy Nofziger, who works for the AARP Foundation and teaches elder fraud seminars.

Millennials fall for this scam far more than seniors, according to authorities, but is a growing problem as more and more older Americans get smartphones and computers.

If you win a traditional lottery, no one knows you bought a ticket and it's your responsibility to contact authorities to prove it, not the other way around.

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