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Microsoft Australia SCAMwatch Warns of ‘Scam Calls Claiming Your PC Is Infected’

Microsoft and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) are warning Australians to continue to be wary of scam calls claiming that your computer is infected with a virus or is sending out error messages.

“Scammers, in a new twist, are making follow-up calls to people who initially fell victim to the scam. In these calls the scammer pretends to be from a foreign law enforcement body and offers to recover the money which the victim initially lost to the scam, in return for a fee. Beware — the scammer you will not give you your money back and will only ask you for more money,” stated Microsoft SCAMwatch.

“Scam callers will tell you that you have a PC and then change their story if you advise them that you actually have a Mac. Scammers will even tell you that you have a computer when you do not own one at all!

If you fall victim to this scam, as well as losing your money and getting a service which provides no benefit, your personal and banking details will be at risk. You may also expose yourself to a follow up scam like the one described above.”

Scam Calls Warnings

Scam Calls: Protection Tips

Report: You can report a scam to the ACCC via the report a scam page on SCAMwatch or by calling 1300 795 995.

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