Warning over anti-virus cold calls to UK internet users

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  1. The Nodder

    The Nodder Registered Member

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    Warning over anti-virus cold calls to UK internet users, it could spread to other countries.

    If this is in the wrong section you can move it, but I put it here as it is of some importance.
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    From the BBC Online news site
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11754487

    Warning over anti-virus cold calls to UK internet users
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    Internet users are being warned about cold callers who offer to fix viruses but then install software to steal personal information.

    Campaign group Get Safe Online said a quarter of people it had questioned had received such calls, many suspected to have been from organised crime gangs.

    Some gangs, employing up to 400 people, are known to set up their own call centres to target people en masse.

    Internet users are also urged to be wary of pop-ups offering virus checks.

    Earlier this year, search engine giant Google warned it had discovered massive amounts of malicious fake anti-virus software.

    The UK warning on such software comes from Get Safe Online, which is backed by the government, police forces and major businesses with a stake in internet security.

    It says it has charted a growth in two related scams designed to trick people into installing fake anti-virus software as a means of harvesting personal information such as credit card details.
     
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    Thanks Ian for posting this:thumb:
     
  3. Simon T

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    Good article, thanks for the information...:thumb:
    I know a lot of us here wouldn't fall for it, but there are a lot of less wary people out there who will :eek:
     
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