Keep on the lookout for an email scam that pretends to be a "community safety" alert. The email looks like a warning for parents about a child predator in the area, but it's really a scam.
How the Scam Works:
You receive an email with the subject line "Alert:There is a Child-Predator Living Near You!" The email claims to be a notification that "a registered-child-offender has just moved into your area," and this information is based on your "local area zipcode." But you don't remember signing up for such a service.
The email provides a link and instructs you to click and "learn more about this predator-alert." If you click, you are redirected through several sites to land on the website for "Kids Live Safe," a service that sells localized reports on sex offenders.
But this spam isn't actually affiliated with Kids Live Safe. Sending users to that website appears to be a way to lend credibility and distract from the actual scam. Clicking on the other link (the scam link) is enough to infect your machine with malware, even if you ultimately end up at a legitimate site. Once it's on your machine, the malware will attempt to search for stored information such as usernames, passwords and credit card numbers.
How to Spot a Scam Email:
In general, it's best not to click on links that come in unsolicited emails. Better to go to your browser and search for the real organization if you want more information.
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NOTE: Kids Live Safe is a BBB Accredited Business.
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