Farmers Bank has become aware of the following scam related to Microsoft Windows software. In this Scam cybercriminals call you and claim to Microsoft Tech Support. Cybercriminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages. They might call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might also setup websites with persistent pop-ups displaying fake warning messages and a phone number to call and get the “issue” fixed. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license.
Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following:
“Remember, Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication we have with you must be initiated by you.”
Please report any suspicious phone calls, emails or text messages by calling (757)242-6111 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you determine that unauthorized activity has occurred on your account, please contact us immediately at (757) 242-6111 or come into our nearest location for assistance.
Find out more at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety
- Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software.
- Convince you to visit legitimate websites (like www.ammyy.com) to download software that will allow them to take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
- Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
- Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal or financial information there.