MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Security experts are doing their best to alarm the public about the latest modus operandi of tech scammers.
Tech scammers are kicking it up a notch. They are not just digging into your wallet; they are now aiming to get more of your personal information without you knowing it – in the form of a malware. But, how would you miss that?
These con artists would call and introduce themselves as part of a huge technology company such as Microsoft or Apple. They would inform you that your personal computer has certain issues that needed to be fixed and would ask you to download a “safe tool” to “protect” your unit. And yes, you have gotten yourself a malware or any dangerous program that would help the impostors get your personal information – from your complete name to your credit card details.
Randy Hutchinson, the Mid-South president of the Better Business Bureau, added that the crooks would ask for a fee on the downloadable material for it to look legitimate. There are just a few reported cases on record as of writing, which is why calls are still being received by unsuspecting victims.
Ricky Graziosi, an expert on safety and security, shared some techniques on detecting fraudulent calls. He helped in solving the same issue experienced by a huge organization 3 years ago. He added that the virus that is usually used to swindle is called a “rat.”
The rat is a kind of a Trojan virus that allows remote access in any parts of the world. This could lead to identity theft and loss of all your savings in the banks. Furthermore, the malware could affect any operating system and any computing devices, including smartphones.
Graziosi advised that if there were any threats like this from tech scammers, you must change your passwords to all online platforms you are enrolled in. You must also consider downloading antivirus programs to avoid being infected with web viruses.