Microsoft Warns Of New Security Scams
Microsoft is warning consumers about ongoing scams that have been occurring throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. The scams involve crooks calling honest victims up, referring to them by name and claiming that they represent legitimate companies that are offering free security checks for compromised computers.
Out of 7,000 people in said countries, 15% of them received these phone calls, and 22% were duped into believing the scammers. Victims were persuaded to give their credit card information, to download an infected application (disguised as an Anti-Virus tool), with the average victim losing $875, not including computer repairs.
One computer repairs were factored in, the average person lost about $1,730. A total of 237 people out of all those surveyed fell victim to the scam, and lost a total of $207,000-not including computer repairs.
Moral of the story, don’t trust people you don’t know, and if you are ever in doubt, ask a friend or a family member who knows more about computers before you choose to move forward with a decision. A good indicator on whether or not you’re dealing with a crook is if they sound antsy, pushy, or frustrated. If something seems weird, it probably is. Stay safe, folks!