IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, people get a lot of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to work for Microsoft technical support.
It seems that a lot of folk have failed to get the message that Microsoft does not sit around scanning home computers looking for vulnerabilities and phoning up to warn people about them and offer a solution.
Most of us deal with these calls in the same blunt way that Anglo Saxons might have done if people contacted them to say that their axe had a vulnerability that demanded third-party access by a stranger.
"If you haven't experienced a tech support scam yet, chances are you know someone who has," said Courtney Gregoire, a senior attorney for Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, in a Stay Safe Online blog post showing that nearly two out of every three people have experienced a tech support scam in the past 12 months.
The people who fall for the scams are not just, as you might think, the elderly and confused. Nay, the internet and flashy graphics have also suckered in the Yolo generation.
"New research indicates that a startling number of millennials are falling victim to tech support fraud. Fifty per cent of all respondents who continued with a fraudulent interaction fell between the ages of 18 and 34. These results may, at first glance, appear surprising, challenging our pre-conceived notions that fraudsters target senior citizens," said Gregoire.
"By leveraging pop-ups, unsolicited email and scam websites as additional entry points for scams, fraudsters are reaching a broader number of people, including younger than expected victims."
People of all ages are affected, but in different ways. Youths, for example, are far more likely to fall for a pop-up than a phone call, while an older person can be most easily hooked on a landline. µ
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