Avoiding the latest phone scams…

Avoiding the latest phone scams…

It seems that somebody has been busy.

According to the National Consumer Agency up to 26% of Irish people have been targetted by phone scammers…

The scam involves criminals posing as computer security engineers and calling people at home to tell them they are at risk of a computer security threat.

The scammers tell their victims they are providing free security checks and add authenticity by claiming to represent legitimate companies and using telephone directories to refer to their victims by name.

The interesting thing is that I had one of these phone calls myself.  I work in the software industry, so I immediately knew the call was bogus.

However, many people might not be so lucky. Microsoft have provided a guide to avoiding these scams which normally involve the following:

  • Someone from “Microsoft Tech Support” calls to fix your computer
  • “You have won the Microsoft Lottery”
  • Microsoft “requires credit card information to validate your copy of Windows”
  • “Microsoft” sends unsolicited email messages with attached security updates

I have my own way of dealing with these guys.

I keep a survival whistle beside the phone just for such phone calls. This is a whistle is a loud piercing noise that can be heard for miles.

I imagine that the guy who phoned me still has ringing in his ears 🙂



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