Since getting my first computer, I have always tried to be cognizant of all the scams that exist.  Granted, I don’t know all of them but I pride myself on being careful. Saying “No” has always been much easier for me than saying “Yes” to something.bettyjung.com

Easy Scam To Fall For

In mid-December 2017, I changed real estate companies and took my business home.  While setting up my in-home office, I could not get my HP printer to work.  I couldn’t find the driver on-line to upload so, like many of you perhaps, I sought help on-line from HP.

The HP tech person did assist in getting my printer working and, during the course of the conversation, asked if I had scan/virus protection.  The laptop I was now going to use was purchased in 2015 and I never used it prior to my move home.  I had virus protection from Best Buy where I purchased my computer via WebRoot.  So when the HP tech recommended WebRoot I was familiar with that program and thought nothing of it. The cost was $300 and again thought that was reasonable as Best Buy’s program was $350.  There was nothing that set off any alarms.

During the course of getting the WebRoot up and running, I somehow got switched over to Geeks World effortlessly.  Everything worked fine and that was the last of it until this past week now 7 months later.

Those Nasty Scammers

This past week I started getting phone calls from Geeks World telling me there was a problem with my IP address and I had numerous viruses.  I never answered their calls until one day I did by mistake.  During our conversation, the Geeks World tech was asking me questions that were not normal nor were they related to my computer. I saw a red light come on.  In the middle of the phone call I hung up and went into my control panel to take a look.  I deleted some things I thought were fishy.

When I hung up I did a Google search of Geeks World.  Was I ever surprised by what I found.  It really opened my eyes and I had indeed been scammed.  Here is the link to what I found.  Apparently many are falling for the same scam and they all started with getting help on-line for their HP printers.  In addition, I am somewhat lucky while I only paid out $300, many have paid them thousands of dollars.

Thankful and Grateful I Get Free Tech Help

Thankfully, my Oregon Association of REALTORS® provides all us real estate agents free tech help. Today, I contacted them and they cleaned up my computer and ran a virus scan.  Thankfully, Geeks World did little to no damage.  I thought perhaps they hadn’t completed the work they wanted to do to my computer, as they are still calling me. Thankfully, I now know who and what they are.

Please be careful when getting assistance on-line.  You may think you are dealing with a certified HP tech but you may not be.  Just a heads up to let you know what happened to me.  I hope it doesn’t happen to you.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are still increasing in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are also increasing but are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

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I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

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