Conmen steal control of computers

A new scam which sees fraudsters calling your home landline and taking control of your home PC is surfacing in Edinburgh.

The conmen, who are thought to be calling hundreds of Edinburgh based PC users, are claiming to work for Microsoft and are warning the PC users that they have an infected computer. They then convince the unsuspecting user to click on a web link directing them to malware which allows the caller access to the remote PC.  This allows them to copy bank details, passwords, and other sensitive data off the computer.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Police said: “Our advice to avoid falling victim to fraud would be to never engage with someone who cold calls out of the blue and give them access to your computer. If you have concerns about your computer security, ask a known and trusted expert to assist.”

The Edinburgh Evening News Reports: