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Beware of three typical scams

Source: kotimikro Release Time: 12:00:46 2019-10-22

Criminals are constantly developing new ways of phishing debit card and internet bank identifiers over the phone. Police have said that there has been an increasing amount of cheating on behalf of authorities and other trust-inducing parties. A serious problem is particularly the false police crimes against the elderly. There are currently three typical types of cheating in cheat calls.

1. Pretending to Technical Support The tech support cheater tries to hijack the victim's computer and bank IDs.

FICORA warned last summer of fake virus alerts with a phone number leading to a scam support service.

Cases where the victim has received an unsolicited call for 'support' have also been reported worldwide.

The caller says he has detected the problem on the victim's computer and promises to fix it with a remote management program - which allows the criminal to take control of the machine and can further extort the victim to pay for the repairs.

Support scams have been made, among other things, on behalf of Microsoft's support service, and Microsoft warns of technical support scams on its site and advises you on what to do if you suspect scams.

2. Cheat call by the false police In particular, the fake police and fake ID cards of older people are fished.

The formula for cheating is always the same. The caller, who presents himself as a police officer, tells of a crime that puts money in a bank account at risk of falling into the hands of criminals. To counteract this, the fake police quickly need online banking codes. Upon receipt of the IDs, the criminal will clear the account. Police or other authorities, organizations, banks or other companies will never ask for bank codes or passwords by telephone or by any other means.

3. Hangover fraud from abroad There have been reports of hang-up scams from, for example, international dialing codes in Papua New Guinea (+675) and Samoa (+685). Do not call back numbers as they can be expensive.

In a typical hangman scam, also known as "one ring and cut", the phone rings once or twice, after which the call is dropped. The phone retains information about the missed call, which is intended to entice the recipient to call back to this number abroad. Since there is no billing for answering the call, callback is required for the scam to succeed. And it can be expensive, as calling a phone number outside the EU can cost several euros per minute, calling a satellite phone can cost up to 10 euros per minute or more.

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