News, Events & Things You Should Know
Don’t Fall for Phishing Schemes!
Dear PemTel Subscribers:
It’s never been more important to actively protect your personal information! Criminals often use elaborate tactics to get you to reveal information like passwords, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, etc.
These criminals may send e-mails, instant messages or even call pretending to be someone from a bank, a credit card company or even the Internal Revenue Service! They may try to tell you that you have to update your personal information, but it’s a trick! You should never give this type of personal information out! PemTel, nor any other reputable company, would ever ask you for information that they already have.
In some other cases, emails will state that you have won an award, or a free vacation, etc. They may ask you to click on the links provided in the email to claim your prize. Clicking these links can then jeopardize the security of your computer and the information stored on it. Don’t do it! If you receive an email or phone call offering you something that seems too good to be true, it is probably a scam!
Another scam involving Internet and computer services begins with an individual calling you to advise you that your computer is infected with a virus which they offer to fix it for a fee. They may claim to be with some well known company. They may ask for your credit card as payment and will ask you to install a piece of software that allows them to control your computer. This is a scam! Following their instructions gives them access to your credit card information, your computer and the information stored on it! If you suspect that you have a virus on your computer, consult a reputable professional for assistance!
In order to protect yourself from being a victim of these types of scams, we urge you to use caution and to follow these basic rules:
1. Don't share your personal information, such as passwords, for "verification" purposes, whether be it online or by phone.
2. Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date and install a firewall.
3. Don't click on pop-ups or links in emails unless you know and trust the sender.
4. Use different passwords for different accounts.
Please protect yourself! And contact us at 540-626-7111 if you have any questions. Or report suspicious activities to the Giles County Sheriff’s Office at 540-921-3842.
A Note about Late Charges:
PemTel bills are due on or before the 20th of each month regardless of the payment method. Payments made via USPS mail, payments made by your bank on your behalf, payments made at The National Bank, etc. sometimes require several days for processing before reaching our business office. If these payments do not reach our office by the due date, they are considered late regardless of the date you made the payment, Therefore it is important to make your payment in such a way that it reaches our office on or before that date to avoid incurring late payment charges. Failure to receive a bill does not exempt your account from late charges. Call our office at (540) 626-7111 for more information.