Scamwatch: computer support fraud - a new twist - Criminals are targeting internet users with bogus messages.
Stay one step ahead of the fraudsters with our series of articles giving you the lowdown on the scams they use to trick people out of their hard-earned cash - and how to avoid being taken in by them.
This week, a new scam targeting internet users with fake tech support services.
How does it work?
Fraudsters have found a new way to persuade internet users to part with their hard-earned cash: by posing as legitimate internet service providers - offering bogus tech support online.
The scam, which is a twist on the trick of cold-calling a victim and claiming to represent Microsoft tech support, involves a realistic pop-up message that appears suddenly and seems to come from the victim's real Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Typically, these messages claim that the ISP has "detected malware", and urge victims to call a number "for immediate assistance".
Do that, however, and you will be encouraged to either download software that will install malware, or to pay for bogus tech support services that can cost £100 or more.
How can I avoid being caught out?
Security firm Symantec has seen a 200% rise in tech support scams this year. So to avoid being taken in, it is vital to treat any unexpected pop-ups with the same caution as unsolicited calls.
Read more here: money.aol.co.uk/2016/06/23/scamwatch-computer-support-fraud-a-new-twist/