Just recently someone I know very well got scammed out of $1000.00 cash by a fraudster on Facebook.
A Facebook Profile of a friend was copied and used to message them asking if they had seen their name on the winners list of the “Facebook Lottery”. They were put in touch with someone who congratulated them for winning $100,000.00.

To claim the $100,000.00 all they had to do was deposit $1000.00 into an account via western union money transfer, but they had to act now as the prize would be gone in the next 30 mins.
Unfortunately, the thrill of winning and the urgency to claim the prize overshadowed the fact that it was clearly a scam. $1000.00 was sent and promptly all communication from the “Facebook Lottery” official ceased.
I wished they had called me for advice, but they didn’t have time as the clock was ticking. So I am now offering you the advice I would have given them.

  1. There is no such thing as the Facebook Lottery.
  2. You can’t win a lottery if you haven’t entered or purchased a ticket.
  3. You shouldn’t have to pay to receive a prize.
  4. Western Union Cash Transfers are not reversible.

This month I wanted to let you know about this and some of the other ways these cyber criminals can try to steal from you.

Microsoft phone scam

You may have received a Phone Call from “Microsoft Technical Support” informing you that your computer is reporting back to them that it has viruses or other problems. If you stay on the phone long enough they will show you where there are lists of errors that need immediate attention.

They will try to gain remote access to your PC and then install a program that locks your computer. They then require you to pay them hundreds of dollars to unlock the computer.

My advice: Microsoft is not calling you, it’s a scam.
Microsoft will never call you directly; they probably don’t even know who you are.
Just hang up on them. They can be persistent and keep calling back, and if they do try to record their phone number and call the police to report it.

Email Phishing.

This is where you receive an official looking email from a bank, or as I saw twice this week, Apple iTunes, saying there has been some unusual activity on your account and a link is provided for you to log in and check the transactions.

This bogus link takes you to a fake website where your username and password is collected and then will be used to steal money from your bank, or credit from your iTunes account.

My advice: Your bank will never send you an email asking for your password.
Just delete the email. Don’t click the link and don’t open any attachments as they may contain a virus.
If you are not sure call your bank or whoever they are claiming to be to check its authenticity.

There are more ways that these criminals can try to part you from your money. Netsafe.org.nz is a good resource if you have time to read through the site.

The Golden Rule - If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! If you are still not sure, call a family member, a friend, or call us here at iFix Computers on 07 574 2891. We are happy to spend a couple of minutes to steer you in the right direction.

- Jonny Bloore
Owner of iFix Computers
If you have any questions or a suggested topic, please email us at admin@ifixcomputers.co.nz