Sunday, August 11, 2013

Phone scammers are targeting Enniscorthy residents too - Mythen

Cllr Johnny Mythen has warned people to be vigilant of phone scams after being contacted by several constituents  recently.  The Vice-Chairperson of Enniscorthy Town Council said that cybercriminals were no longer staying on line and were increasingly engaged in ringing homes and claiming to be representing reputable organisations like Microsoft and Dell.

Cllr Mythen said;

"This international criminal activity has long operated in other countries, but now  it's happening right here in Enniscorthy.  Local people are reporting that they are getting  bogus phone calls from individuals who claim to represent  trusted organisations.  They will tell you that there's a serious problem with your computer or smart phone, gain your trust, and then ask for personal details which they will use to gain access to your bank accounts or steal your identity."

"These cybercriminals will often claim to represent one of the following reputable institutions; Windows Helpdesk, Windows Service Centre, Microsoft Tech Support, Microsoft Support, Windows Technical Department Support Group or Microsoft Research and Development Team (Microsoft R & D Team).  Do not under any circumstances purchase  services or software from these callers and also ask them immediately if there is a fee involved with this call.  Never provide them with your credit card information and never give them remote access to your computer, even if they claim that there is a serious problem with it."

"These scams are becoming more and more prevalent.  Unfortunately with new technology comes new ways to rip you off.  Be aware and alert to phone calls requesting any private information or personal details.  Other scams to watch for are emails claiming that you have won the lotto in a foreign country despite not having purchased a ticket.  They will ask you to cover the admin costs or ask for your bank account details so the money can be transferred.  Another common scam is by means of text congratulating you on winning a substantial prize which can be claimed by ringing a special premium rate number to arrange for collection."

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