This new threat needs to be taken very seriously and, for the most part, is only seen out there. There is a new form of attack consisting of a fake phone call that is already claiming victims in Portugal. Criminals use the Microsoft name, and considering the number of users of the Windows operating system, it’s not very difficult to deceive victims.
Caution! This fake call is already making victims in Portugal!
It all starts when we get a call informing us about the operating system we are using. At this point, however, the conversation can take two different paths. On the one hand, they tell us that the version of the operating system we are using is illegal and they try to sell us a license. On the other hand, they require the installation of remote maintenance software because a change is required. Whatever the reason, the goal is the same. Take possession of our credit card details.
We either provide the data voluntarily or we install software that enables access to all of our sensitive data.
However, this of course poses a great risk and we can lose a lot of money from our account in an instant.
Unfortunately, this form of attack claims many victims. But this “apparent” success is due to the way the program is carried out. It’s just not about emails, text messages or websites asking for our data. It’s a seemingly nice call from someone connected with Microsoft who wants to help us. The problem is that they have nothing to do with Microsoft and just want to get our money.
What do I do when I contact?
As explained on the Cybercrime and Digital Evidence page, If you are a victim of this type of attack, you must not react, let alone provide personal information.