How to recognise a remote access scam
Remote access scams usually occur through a phone call or email, where a scammer claims they are from a reputable company such as a telecommunications company, energy retailer or even a bank. In this phone call or email, the scammer asks you to download software that provides them remote access to your phone or computer for ‘maintenance’ purposes.
Once a scammer has remote access to your phone or computer, they have full access to your device to download malware such as a keylogger. A keylogger records each key that you press so it can capture confidential information such as Internet Banking login details.
Scammers are coming up with new and creative ways of hijacking your computer and your personal information. Keeping an eye out for the following red flags could help you to determine if what you have received may be a scam.
Call you out of the blue and claim they’re from a well-known business.
Even ask you to call them through a random pop-up bubble on your computer.
Say there is a problem with your computer or internet connection.
Say that you have been overcharged for a product or mistakenly credited money.
Use technical language to convince you they are legitimate.
Ask you to download an application to your computer to fix a problem.
Be very persistent for you to follow their instructions.
How do I protect myself?
As many of us are working remotely, we rely on our computers more and more on a daily basis. It is important to keep up with scam trends and know how to identify, avoid and protect yourself from falling victim to remote access scams. Here are a few handy tips.
Keep your computer up-to-date with a good firewall, antivirus software and regular software updates.
Not download software on your computer without doing your research on it before.
Never feel pressured into acting immediately.
Never provide personal information over the phone unless you are completely sure the caller is legitimate.
Trust your gut – if something feels off, chances are it probably is.