Cyprus Mail

Police warn against ‘Microsoft’ scammers

Scammers are phoning up people posing as Microsoft support personnel in order to get access to credit card data, the police cyber crimes unit warned on Friday.

Police said they had issued the warning after receiving complaints from people, who reported that unknown individuals had been contacting them and requesting remote access to their computer, claiming that they were Microsoft employees.

Employing social engineering tactics –like pretending to guess the computer’s current operating system – the scammers then request remote access and either ask the victim to install malware –which downloads personal data, including credit card numbers – or asks outright for the credit card data. The scammers have also directed the victims to phishing sites resembling their bank’s site, asking them to fill in personal data which they subsequently steal.

Police urge the public to be extra cautious and to not give their credit card data to strangers.

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