“Hi, I’m calling from Microsoft. We believe your computer has been infected by a virus.”
Anyone who gets a cold call from someone claiming to be from a large IT companies and offering help should hang up immediately.
Calls of this nature, often made in English with a heavy accent, are sadly nothing new, but are currently on the rise, according to police reports in Germany.
The goal is to trick you into sending money and sharing your data by using a made-up story about your PC being infected with viruses.
To gain your trust, the caller will often pretend to be working for Microsoft and ask if your PC has been slow recently – knowing that many users are already frustrated by the speed of their computer.
In return for payment, they offer help in removing the pretend malware. The perpetrators then use software and remote access to get onto the victim’s computer.
There they then…