By Nick Maffeo
“The phone scams keep on coming — here are tips on how to avoid them” was the headline of a recent Boston Globe consumer protection column.
Tips to avoid scams? Nice in theory, but with so many scams coming from so many directions, your best bet is to be generally aware of the new twists out there while you actively prepare for what you’ll do if one day you’re on the receiving end of a threatening message that actually makes you anxious or even terribly frightened.
Talking to a local businessperson the other day, the “Professional Photographer/Copyright Infringement” scam came up. An email arrives filled with threats of legal action and a link the recipient is supposed to click to see the supposedly outrageous “copyright infringement” for themselves.
This gentleman had just gotten the “Professional Photographer/Copyright Infringement” email again that morning, but he was…