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Microsoft Warns of Increased Phishing Calls in the UK

Microsoft Logo w/ Scam Warning SignPeople like to think that they are pretty safe when it comes to protecting their passwords and bank accounts. However, it is amazing how many people will apparently give up this information when someone claims to be a member of a big company like Microsoft.

According to a new report that was just recently released by Microsoft, around 20 percent of people in the UK have received a call from a fake IT security company. The whole propose of this company is to get people to give out their personal information and/or money.

Although the survey was released by Microsoft, it was handled by a group called Dynamic Markets. Apparently they surveyed some 7,000 people from the UK, United States, Canada and Ireland. Overall, they found that 15 percent of the people surveyed had received phishing calls from these fake IT companies. When looking at UK numbers alone, the number jumps up to 20 percent.

However, there is another trend that this survey picked up on, which was even more worrying than all of the fake IT phone calls going around. Apparently 22 percent of the 15 percent of people who received these phishing phone calls had actually gave out money or personal information. This means that 3 percent of everyone that participated in the survey had given these fake companies some kind of information or money.

Stuart Aston, who is the chief security adviser of Microsoft UK, said that security software is constantly being improved. Thus, cyber criminals are having to resort to deception tactics in order to get people’s personal details.

Pretty much what Aston is trying to say is, security companies can only protect people so much. These security companies can protect people’s online information from being hacked, but in the end, people have to learn to protect themselves as well. Right now it is easier for hackers to get people to just give out their passwords than it is to try and hack into people’s personal accounts.

Mr Aston went on to say that many scammers even claim to be big legit companies. So he took this time to remind all internet users of Microsoft that the company does not keep track of consumers that purchase their software. Thus, they should never be directly contacted by the company for any reason whatsoever. If a consumer is contact by Microsoft out of the blue, that should throw up some red flags.

The main thing that people should learn from this is that they should not trust anyone that is calling their house claiming to be from Microsoft or any of their partners. Most of the time these people are just trying to gain access to people’s home PCs by remote control. People should also note that other companies, including Microsoft, should never ask users for their passwords.

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