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Articles tagged with: computer fraud

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.

Woman Racks Up 200K In Data Charges

We have just learned that a 33 year old woman from Australia is in debt of $193,187.43 after being sentenced to a year and a half in prison for stealing a SIM card from a utility meter. The woman’s name is Kylie Maree Monks and the sentence came after she plead guilty to computer-related fraud, receiving stolen property, and one count of making a false statement.

She was also charged for stealing a SIM card from a utility meter, that had a WiFi connection Telstra’s wireless broadband network.