Scam hides computer virus in email alerts about child predators

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CLEVELAND- An email scam capitalizing on parents’ fears could infect your computer with malware, like viruses, worms and Trojan horses.

The Better Business Bureau is warning people about emails with the subject line, “Alert: There is a Child-Predator Living Near You.” It provides a link to a website called Kids Live Safe, but that’s distraction from the real scam.

The BBB said clicking the link installs malware on your computer that searches for usernames, passwords and credit card information. The phony site is not affiliated for Kids Live Safe, which a BBB-accredited business.

The BBB advises people to check the “from” field of the email, watch for typos and bad grammar, and hover over URLs to find the true destination. Remember, if you didn’t sign up for an email then you shouldn’t be receiving them.

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