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      From bbb.org’s Scam Alert: Watch Out for “Free Wi-Fi” Scams:

      You are at a coffee shop, airport, hotel lobby, or other public place, and you want to connect to the Wi-Fi. You search for connections and find one nearby. It may be labeled something generic like “Free Public Wi-Fi.” This may look harmless, but don’t connect. It is really a scam!

      Some fake Wi-Fi hotspots claim to be charging a small fee to use the connection. After a user connects, they are prompted to enter credit card information. Of course, this info is shared with the scammer.

      In another version, a hacker inserts him or herself between your computer and the Wi-Fi connection. Everything you do online – such as make a purchase or log into an account – is now transmitted through the scammer’s computer. This means they can now access any passwords, credit card information, and other data you’ve entered online.

      Read the full article here
      FTC.gov’s Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks

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