This seems to be becoming a bit of a recurring theme, there’s a new scam out there.
This one is actually not a new scam, it’s an old scam that simply uses a new script.
The proposed victim gets a phone call saying that they (the scammers) are from Microsoft and that…
- There are 5 other people using the victims Windows licence key.
- That it is unsafe for the victim to use internet services; for example Mobile Banking.
- That the victims Windows licence key could be cancelled by Microsoft.
How’s that for a scare tactic?
The scammers then want the victim to go to www.ammyy.com and download the remote admin software they have there.
Ammyy have a warning on their site saying that their software is being used by people purporting to be from Microsoft to ‘fix’ the computer using Ammyy Amin, it’s definitely a scam.
At least they are aware of the problem.
We at UATS have seen occurrences of (or variations of) this scam and have experienced it ourselves. Ultimately the scammers just want you to download and run a ‘fix’, which is where the real pain begins.
Word has spread about the earlier version of this scam and so they have changed the script (but are still using basically the same underlying technology) to try to ensnare the average user.
As always I will refer you to our Keeping Safe on the Internet page and leave you with the thought… If you are not sure then just do not click on it! Go and ask someone who is sure.