Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant following reports from overseas that the “Microsoft” “Tech Support” scam has taken a new twist.
Members of the public who were previously caught by the “Microsoft” scam are now being re-approached with an offer of a refund. The offenders are using the excuse they are going out of business and are unable to provide the ongoing support they committed to by virtue of the previous payment (the scammed payment).
To facilitate this refund the fraudsters are instructing the victims in how to set up an online cash transfer facility with a wire transfer company. Once having established the account, which requires a debit or credit card facility to be registered, the criminals are again taking over remote control of the victim’s computer and instead of refunding money to the account of the victim they are in fact removing funds from the associated debit or credit card. The funds have been identified as going to India.
Detective Superintendant Brian Hay said, “The dangers of this scam cannot be stressed enough. These criminals are getting access to live and open financial accounts to which they are given complete control and have the ability to record details allowing them to commit further frauds in the future”
Source : http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2013/11/28/public-warning-victims-of-the-microsoft-scam-or-tech-support-scam-are-defrauded-a-second-time/
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