New ‘community safety’ scam preying on parents’ worst fears

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The Better Business Bureau is warning people about a “community safety” alert email scam that is preying on parents’ worst fears.

The email looks like a warning for parents about a child predator in the area.

Potential victims receive an email with the subject line “Alert:There is a Child-Predator Living Near You!” The email claims to be a notification that “a registered-child-offender has just moved into your area,” and this information is based on your “local area zipcode.”

The email provides a link and instructs you to click to “learn more about this predator-alert.”

The BBB says clicking the link can infect your computer with malware. The link reportedly redirects through several sites, ultimately landing on the website “Kids Live Safe,” a service that sells localized reports on sex offenders. The spam emails are in no way affiliated with “Kids Live Safe.”

For information on sex offenders in your area, visit the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry website.

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