Scams And Ripoffs: Email Phishing Scams

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- Savanna Gurney begins each day by turning on her computer and checking her Facebook.

But one day, an advertisement for a free spring break trip turned her laptop upside down. All she had to do was wait for an email, and open the attachment with the trip instructions. The free trip never came, but throughout the week she began noticing a difference with her computer.

"I would open my email, and it would take way longer," said Gurney.

She met with computer specialists who say they've seen this problem happen many times in the Valley.

Ivan Levchuk is a computer specialist at Gadget Town. He says if you are unsure where the email is coming from, don't open the attachment because it may contain a virus that will allow hackers to take control of your computer.

"This can be scary because somebody can be using your credit card information without you realizing," said Levchuk.

This is a scam not only impacting Gurney's computer but her friends too.

"I felt terrible because it posted on my own Facebook too, and I deleted it as soon as I found out, but I don't know how many people opened it," said Gurney.

Now she says she thinks twice before navigating through her emails.


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