The Police is paying special attention to the public, regarding a new form of fraud through malicious telephone calls, which aim at accessing citizens' computers and their personal and banking data.
An announcement from the Police Communication Department states that “recently the Cybercrime Sub-Directorate has been receiving several new allegations of telephone fraud, where cunning, cybercriminals claim to be Microsoft operators from abroad and direct users to certain actions that may lead to the interception of data or banking data “.
Specifically, the suspects, “make phone calls to subscribers in Cyprus and present themselves as engineers of the Microsoft Support Center and offer to help solve computer problems to remove allegedly malicious software (virus) or even to install special software to allegedly protect data.
To this end, they “request remote access (Remote Access) to the computer so that they own the computer with all the possible consequences that may occur, such as access to electronic data, bank accounts, passwords and other data.”
They also ask for bank card numbers or other data ostensibly for verification.
The public is called “to be very careful, not to respond to these calls and the citizens not to give their details to various experts”.