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CyTA blocks ‘Microsoft scam’ number but warns of more

Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) has blocked all calls from a Russian phone number apparently related to a series of phone scams, according to a statement issued on Thursday.

The number, +7847859718, has been blocked but CyTA warns that the scammers will probably use a different number to continue.

According to a warning issued by the police Cyber Crimes Unit last week, scammers are phoning up people posing as Microsoft support personnel in order to get access to credit card data.

Police said they received complaints from people saying that unknown individuals had been contacting them and requesting remote access to their computers, claiming they were Microsoft employees.

The scammers gained the victim’s trust by pretending to remotely identify the computer’s operating system. They 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 website, 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.

CyTA asked all of it’s subscribers to not be fooled by these type of scams and to never divulge personal information on the phone.

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