Computer Scams

Phone scams

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Phone scams happen to many innocent people every day. They will phone you pretending to be of someone of importance and will try to trick you into giving them your personal details or card details. Your four digit PIN, your full password or online banking codes, personal details should never be disclosed unless you are convinced you are giving them to trusty hands. Another type of phone scam you should be aware of is when phone scammers try to persuade you into transferring money into their bank accounts.

A experienced phone scammer will attempt to lure you into ending the call and then guide you into phoning your bank up to check if the call is real however they will stay on the line and continue their operation by presenting themselves as your bank and will play a dialing tone to deceive you.To make sure this does not happen to you must remember that a bank will never ask you to take such actions.

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Email scams

Email scams occur when you receive a convincing email from a scammer pretending to be your personal bank. They will ask for your bank details via email or will attempt to lure you into clicking on a link.

Another email scam is a lottery/award scam; these scams claim to be from abroad countries which read have won a cash sum or lottery. Do not reply, they will ask you for your bank details then steal money from your bank account.

Security scams usually claim that you’re computer or bank account has been entered by somebody else, they will often ask for a price to stop the problem from occurring. If you fall for this you could be vulnerable for further transactions and they will continue to steal money from your bank account, these deductions can continue over a long period of time. If you haven’t been contacted previously and somebody is asking for a payment they are probably scammers. Scams can range from Action Fraud to people stealing the identity of recognizable software companies.

If you are asked to make a payment whether big or small and you are not sure you are speaking to the right person it is essential that you contact the company that they say they are from to make sure it is not a scam.

Finally there are investment scams. Investment scams are made to specifically influence you into paying a lump sum for a chance of high profits. These scammers will offer highly rare or valued goods or even properties by making themselves sound attractive and will emphasize how small the fee you are paying is to give you ‘definite’ profits, in reality that money that has been deducted from your account will make you zero profits.

Pop up scams

computer scams advertised as pop ups occur with a written message such as ‘Your PC has been contaminated!’ People tend to see these pop ups and they appear when you have visited a website or opened up an attachment. They are designed to lure you into giving money to fix the problem or infect the PC with unhealthy malware and similar viruses. Scammers will know what they are doing and how they do it can be very deceiving by using the names of well known companies that are already in the computer software industry to gain trust. Pop ups will create alerts and warning messages that are already existing by computer security software your PC has the fraudsters will obtain.  Like the other scams Pop up scams will gain access to personal details then they will use your identity and sell it to other fraudsters in this same similar industry.

Even though the majority of these computer scams will be scams there is a chance that you have received an actual virus warning.

Ways to locate and prevent yourself from clicking pop ups include:

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The pop up message is not to a specific recipient and is sent to the ‘account holder’ or a similar name

If your PC has slowed down, or you have received new desktop icons or even your wallpaper has changed the chances are your PC had already been infected with viruses.

Protecting yourself from future pop ups is fairly simple in terms of keeping your firewall updated and downloading upgraded anti-spyware and anti-virus software.  email-scams-1

If you feel at risk to any of these scams call Newcastle PC Repair today on 0191 501 6720 and we will get a fully qualified engineer out to you today and make sure you are no longer at risk. And remember we believe in a NO FIX = NO FEE policy.