Hackers are always coming up with new ways to get your information. You may think that you may notice a scam or a hack at first glance, but don’t be so sure.
Cybercriminals can hide malicious code in applications to steal data and take control of mobile phones. Security researchers recently unveiled an updated banking Trojan embedded in Android apps downloaded more than 50,000 times. Touch or click here for our report.
Many applications and programs have features that allow you to share your screen with others, which has become especially popular since the beginning of the pandemic. This can be useful during technical support calls or when you want to show someone how to complete a task. Unfortunately, this gives hackers another way to steal your information or take control of your device.
Be careful what you share
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which regulates the financial services industry in the United Kingdom, warns investment scams involving screen sharing. The FCA has identified 2,142 such cases since July 2020, with more than $ 30 million lost by fraudsters between January 1, 2021 and March 31 this year.
The FCA describes a case in which 59-year-old Angela Underhill clicked on a bitcoin ad and received a call from people claiming to be financial advisers. They asked her to download the AnyDesk Remote Desktop app so they could help her with her first investment.
By accessing her computer, fraudsters could view her bank details and pensions and apply for loans on her behalf. They fled with nearly $ 60,000. The FCA says fraudsters have used various platforms with on-screen sharing features, including Teams, TeamViewer and Zoom, to target victims.
FCA List of warnings shows companies that are not authorized or registered by the FCA and are known to commit fraud.
It can happen anywhere
Although FCA research applies to cases in the United Kingdom, fraud often does not remain isolated in one part of the world for long. You need to be vigilant for all kinds of scams, no matter where you are.
Technical support scams typically use screen sharing to take control of your device. Tap or click here for seven scams with technical support to watch out for.
There are steps you can take to avoid falling victim to these types of scams:
- Before sharing your screen, close or hide any documents, browser windows, or other files you don’t want others to see.
- If you receive an unwanted phone call from someone who claims to have a problem with your device, hang up.
- If you receive a pop-up message stating that there is a problem with your computer that includes a phone number, do not call it.
- Do not click on technical support ads.
- If you need help, contact a company you trust. Go directly to the company’s website for contact information.
- An actual technical support officer will never ask for your personal or financial information.
- Report fraud and suspicious activity to the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.
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