East County Business News – Royal birth triggers `click-bait’ scams, warns Better Business Bureau

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

by Rick Griffin

Scammers on social media are exploiting the royal birth of Prince George, the San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning. The scam, called “click-bait” or “click-jacking,” refers to any technique that tricks people into clicking a website link they wouldn’t otherwise. The BBB said con men are taking advantage of the public’s intense eagerness to see anything about George Alexander Louis, the newborn son of William and Catherine and third in line to the British throne.
The scam, appearing on Facebook and other social media sites, as well as e-mail, begins with a link promising exclusive royal baby candid video that no media outlet has. The link takes viewers to an unfamiliar website and a prompt requiring an update of video software. However, by clicking “ok,” victims are actually downloading a virus that will scan their computer for banking and other personal financial information for the purpose of identity theft. Also, the virus will glean friends’ names and e-mails and then send e-mail messages posing as them.
The BBB recommends avoiding unfamiliar websites and be skeptical of outlandish offers of “exclusive,” “shocking” or “sensational” photos or video. Before you click, hover your mouse over the link to see its actual destination. Also, be aware that your friends’ accounts may have been hacked.