In a survey conducted by software giant Microsoft shows that twenty per cent of people in the UK have been contacted by fake IT security companies with the sole aim of getting their credit details and money out of them.
This is part of a wider survey that covered Canada, Ireland, UK and the USA, but the signs are that the UK have really be hit with this, but is it really twenty per cent! That is one in five and surely, that cannot be all people either, otherwise that would be millions of people.
However, there is one other serious point here, out of the twenty per cent, around fifteen per cent admitted to handing over financial details, money or both!
According to Stuart Aston, who is the Chief Security Adviser at Microsoft UK said;
“Security software is constantly being improved and so cybercriminals are resorting to deception tactics to trick people into revealing important details or gaining access to their computers,”
“Many scammers even claim to be from legitimate companies or their partners. We would like to remind users of Microsoft software that the company does not keep track of consumers that purchase their software and does not directly contact consumers for any reason whatsoever.”
Source [Tech Radar]