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POV: Be alert for Olympic-themed scams

Consumers are advised to keep a close eye on these email offers and others. The Better Business Bureau reminds consumers not to respond, provide any personal information or pay any money to the people who sent the email. Spammers will follow the Olympic headlines and continue to send emails suggesting you have “won” free memorabilia and even direct consumers to malicious Olympic-related websites through emails which may pretend to be official Olympic-related communications. If you receive an email that looks fishy, don’t click on any links and make sure to delete the email and run a virus scan immediately.

Spoof web sites can go up one day, and disappear the next. BBB recommends you check for a trustworthy businesses before you click or buy at bbb.org. Consumer should also know if they don’t see the padlock icon or an “s” in the http’s’ URL address it could be suspicious and not to enter any personal or financial information.

For 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. BBB has Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies and Charity Reviews on 11,000 charities, all available for free. Visit bbb.org for more information.

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