When cybercriminals call, they employ an arsenal of tricks and tactics. Now that it’s tax season, Forbes warns that scammers will try to take advantage of tax filers using spoofing and other means to obtain valuable personal data. Hanging up is the safest remedy, but there are other ways to avoid phone scams.
Over the past few months, several Sinu customers have encountered a cyber scam in which someone calls and claims to be with Windows or Microsoft tech support. They tell you they have detected a virus or a malfunction in your computer and ask you to log into a legitimate-looking website. The cybercriminal posing as “tech support” will then log into your computer, gaining access to personal data while planting a real virus or malware in your computer. Ultimately, they will ask their victims for some amount of money to release control of the computer.