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Police warn of cyber scam

Police on Tuesday issued a public warning over a cyber scam that appears to be on the rise in recent days.

Police said they have received numerous complaints from people who got calls on their fixed lines but also on mobile phones, from scammers who pretend to be Microsoft technicians offering to help remove malicious software from their machines.

The fraudsters ask for remote access to the computer and gain it by convincing the unsuspecting victims to visit a particular website.

The get the victim to click a link, which installs a virus on their computer enabling them to extract sensitive data like usernames and passwords, bank account numbers etc.

Police urged the public to be extra careful and ignore requests to provide personal data to such individuals.

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