Nashua police warn of text message scams and more

NASHUA — Phone scams are not exclusively from voice calls anymore. Now, they’re coming through text messaging. The Nashua Police Department on Tuesday evening posted a warning about this on its Facebook page.

“Please be aware there are many scams being sent on all sorts of media,” the post says. “Remember: If it seems to good to be true, it probably is. Never provide any personal information over social media. Always verify your talking to the correct person before engaging in any conversation.”

Included in the post were these photos as examples:

The federal government keeps track of scams going around the country. To read about the latest, go to the Federal Trade Commission website. (Click here to go).

Here is an example of what you can learn on the site:

“Some scammers call and claim to be computer techs associated with well-known companies like Microsoft or Apple. Other scammers send pop-up messages that warn about computer problems. They say they’ve detected viruses or other malware on your computer. They claim to be ‘tech support’ and will ask you to give them remote access to your computer. Eventually, they’ll diagnose a non-existent problem and ask you to pay for unnecessary – or even harmful – services.

“If you get an unexpected pop-up, call, spam email or other urgent message about problems with your computer, stop. Don’t click on any links, don’t give control of your computer and don’t send any money.”

This article on the tech support scam goes on to explain the details of the scam, how it works and what else to do about it.

The Better Business Bureau also has a scam tracking online tool in which individuals report scams they have experienced. (Click here to go to the site.)

Here is an example of an entry in a BBB tracker entry. It is from the Polk County area on July 11.

“They are stating they are with Iowa human resources and that you have been rewarded a check in the (amount) and that they need to verify (your) information before you can claim your money. (If) the address is not right they will ask you what part and to correct it. His English was poor and of middle Eastern possible India Red flags popping up everywhere in this conversation with him. I have gotten other calls from numbers in the same as area code either 202 or 220.”