We have received information regarding a couple of further scams that have affected people in the Scottish Borders.
The first relates to emails allegedly from Facebook, which inform you that you have a friend request. When you check on Facebook itself (rather than clicking on the link in the email) there is no friend request. This is an example of a phising email that is trying to direct you to a site that will mimic Facebook and then collect all your passwords etc.
The second scam also relates to Facebook, whilst on Facebook the computer froze and an error message appeared saying that malware had been downloaded. The message claimed to be from windows 10 and gave the following number to ring 0800 086 9834. The man on the end of the phone passed a series of instructions and then took control of the computer. The male then stated that it was going to cost several hundred pounds to fix. Having carried out a few searches this phone number is linked to a number of scams on Facebook, and the error message tends to pop up after clicking on a link for a sensational news story.
Get Safe Online provides some great advice on how to keep safe online, as a starting point follow the Take Five for Fraud campaign advice:
1. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full password - itís never okay to reveal these details.
2. Donít assume an email request or caller is genuine - people arenít always who they say they are.
3. Donít be rushed Ė a genuine bank or organisation wonít mind waiting to give you time to stop and think.
4. Listen to your instincts Ė if something feels wrong then it is usually right to pause and question it.
5. Stay in control Ė have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for information
Message sent by
Kirsty Neish (Police Scotland, Constable, Scottish Borders)
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