A range of websites claiming to provide freefone “helplines” and product support services have been recently targeting UK computer users with an operation that could cost them large sums of money and place their personal data at risk.
This worrying new scam is particularly effective because victims think they are contacting a legitimate customer service line and are therefore more inclined to do as they are asked by the operators. Typically, the operators will persuade users to allow them to take remote control of their computers and, once in control, will attempt to charge large sums for the repair of software problems. Victims who pay could also run a further risk of having their credit card details stolen.
If you believe you have been affected by one of the scams described, or have incurred financial loss through fraudulent support operations, please report this to the Action Fraud programme at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud and to Citizens Advice on 03454 040506.
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