These are the most common scan active at the moment, the presentation may change but the end result is always the same,
You WILL lose money & Lots of it! if you listen to them!
So take a few minutes, read this page and be aware of the con and avoid it, then tell others.
It is important to remember that you Bank, Building Society Credit Card Company etc, will NEVER call you and request details, if in doubt end the call and call them back but from a different phone
If you click on the links you will see an official description of the scam and suggestions on what to do if you have been a victim of these scammers.
Always treat any cold call as suspect
Do Not confirm any of your details to prove who you are, If they are insistant, ask them to write you a letter,
a real company will have no problem with this.
The Telephone Support Scam
This con starts with a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft / Windows or such like, But these are not limited to computer type companies, some of my customers have had calls from BT, Sky, Vodafone, Freeview and most other large companies or suppliers.
They explain that your computer is infected with a virus or some serious problem such as your broadband being cut off unless you act now, and they can help.
They will sound very convincing with scary sounding claims regarding your personal information.
They will ask you to visit a web site to give them access to your personal data on your computer. This is then used for such things as identity theft, or fraudulent use of such things as your Hotmail / Gmail accounts or even your credit cards
This type of con has now started being pushed on Skype with a caller name of System Support – Urgent
- It’s always a CON
- Microsoft will not call you about a virus!
- These people do not know anything about you or your computer!
- They only want access to your personal details!
Fake Antivirus Scam
This con is started by being prompted to click on a link for a “Free Scan” “Speed Up Your Computer” “Update Your Drivers” link in a website, usually very prominent and appears to be a valid link.
Once the program has been installed it will appear to do a scan of your computer then show you have hundreds of infected files, also warning you that unless they are deleted you could be in trouble with your wife, your boss or even the Police.
This is of course rubbish, the makers play on your fears to make you give them your credit card details, which is all they want
It will offer you a fantastic deal for anywhere from $9.99, the main give away is that it is in dollars!
All they want is your Bank / Card details.
Phishing email Scam
This con starts with an email from your Bank / Building Society / Credit Card / email company etc
Explaining that your account has some sort of security problems and you are required to confirm all your details on a form.
If you fill in and send this form, you have just given them ALL the details they need to steal you identity.
If you get one of these mails either delete it or if you are concerned and you have an account with the bank etc mentioned, call them yourself to check it out.