In wake of Kobe Bryant death, beware scams, BBB says

Clickbait emails are common after a tragedy, such as a celebrity death, said Danielle Kane with the BBB.

Posted: Jan 29, 2020 1:35 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2020 1:35 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- In the wake of basketball legend Kobe Bryant's death, the Better Business Bureau wants to warn consumers of the risk of clickbait emails.

These are not new, but we often see more of them after a tragedy, such as a celebrity death, said Danielle Kane with the BBB.

“Scammers come out and try to leverage that, so a clickbait email pops up in your inbox and says it is an amazing new video or amazing new story. It has shock value for you to click,” said Kane.

What happens is you get an email with a catchy headline, maybe even pretending to be a reputable news organization, claiming to have new evidence, a video, ect. Once you click on the link, you will get malware on your computer.

“Just because they download something on your computer doesn't mean they are going to act on it, so you might click on the email; you don’t know you downloaded something until six months later when things are popping up on your computer,” said Kane.

Kane said if you fall for this scam, you may need to contact your bank.

"If on your computer you have an automatic login, there is a possibility someone has access to that now," she said.

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