Phishing Scams not just websites anymore
Today’s scammers have moved up in the world and are looking for more than just your passwords.
Every day we get phone calls or people walking into our shop saying that Microsoft or a similar support company called them and told them that their computer is infected or has some sort of problem. They then say that they need to remote into your computer to fix it. There is a catch however, you have to pay them anywhere from $200 dollars and up to do this.
First off Microsoft will probably never call you and tell you your computer has a problem. They have multiple articles on their website stating just that.
Last year Eugene Kaspersky, the head of the global IT security company Kaspersky Lab, wrote an article saying that 5% of home computers around the world are infected with either malware, spyware, or viruses. That included machines that are running a current antivirus solution. That’s at least 50 Million computers worldwide. So its safe to say Microsoft can’t take the time to call every single home user with a virus. So who will call you? Unfortunately, scammers looking to cause harm to your computer and swindle you out of money.
Phishing email messages, websites, and phone calls are designed to steal money and get personal information. Cybercriminals can also do this by tricking you into installing malicious software on your computer or stealing personal information off of your (or some company you do business with) computer. Security breaches can happen in any number of ways.
One of the most successful ways to get into someones computer is to ask the user let them inside the computer. They call or email you then have you navigate to a website and download some remote software, there by allowing them into your machine. After gaining remote access they can do practically anything to your computer. Including pulling saved passwords out of your web browser and downloading anything you might have saved on your machine all with out your knowledge.
- Who is asking for information? Are they claiming to be Microsoft or another support company?
- Does the email or website have spelling and grammar errors?
- Are they calling and telling you that your computer is causing issues online?
- Are they offering a fee service or subscription, if so why do they need a credit card?
- Is this the IT company you normally use?
Those are just some simple questions that you can ask yourself and the caller when you encounter a possible phishing site or phone call. People and companies prey on the average users lack of knowledge in these areas. So never be afraid to hang up the phone and call us. We deal with issues like this every day and are more than happy to give you free advice on how to proceed.