On Your Side Alert: Warning about recent scams

Bank of America and Dominion customers need to be on alert for scams targeting them.

Dominion Virginia Power posted a warning on its website saying criminals are gaining access to homes by posing as utility workers. Dominion says employees rarely need to enter a home to provide service.  If you feel threatened, call police. And if you would like to verify an employee's ID, call Dominion at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).

Bank of America customers are constant targets for cyber criminals. Emails will look legitimate and even come with a logo and even could appear to have a Bank of America email address. Don't let any of it fool you. Recent emails claim there have been several failed login attempts. A big red flag is that the message is filled with grammatical errors.  Also, if you hover your mouse over the link included, you will see it will not take you to Bank of America's website. As a rule of thumb, you should never click links in suspicious emails. If you think there is a problem, contact the company. If you see this or something similar, report it to abuse@bankofamerica.com.

If you see this next email, it's not your lucky day. This one claims to be an international award email notification. First, keep in mind, international lotteries are illegal. Also, there is an attachment, please don't try to open it.  It could install a virus on your machine or criminals will try to get you to give up your personal information. If you see this or you think you've been a victim, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

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