AARP Virginia issues scam alert: Public wi-fi scams
Scammers can set up a wi-fi network with a name similar to the one you’re intending to use, hoping you’ll connect to it, or they can hijack your information between you and the wi-fi access point.
Do no more than checking the weather or browsing sports scores; otherwise, hackers can steal your passwords, see your email, or intercept financial transactions. Make sure your device isn’t set to connect to wi-fi automatically. When on public wi-fi, use your device’s data service or install a “virtual private network” (VPN) to protect yourself while using public wi-fi.
Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at http://www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or call AARP Fraud Watch Helpline at 1-877-908-3360 and speak to a volunteer specially trained in spotting scams.