You receive a telephone call or email from someone that appears to be legitimate because the scammer has some specific information about you, such as your name and details about your friends and family.Using this method, a scammer can trick you into believing he or she is a friend or family member, claiming to need money for an emergency, such as posting bail, paying a hospital bill, or being detained at an airport.Once you provide this access, the scammer may require payment for technical assistance, install malicious software, change settings to leave your computer vulnerable, and/or steal your financial information.
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The scammer may pressure you to wire money immediately via online banking or other money transfer services, such as Express Send A scammer posing as technical support representative calls to claim there is an issue with your computer – for example, that your software is outdated or that you need to confirm your identity – and asks for remote access to your computer to resolve the issue.
Typically, the scammer will ask you to type a specific command to enable remote access.
Eventually, the scammer will ask for help, for various reasons, involving the victim sending money.
After the scammer gets all the money they can from the victim, the scammer drops communication, leaving the victim dumbfounded, hurt, confused, and out of a lot of money, which is rarely recovered.So, what can you do if you've found yourself in Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance?" For some reason, it seems everyone who has been scammed immediately turns to yours truly to the rescue.The victim and the scammer create an online relationship.While the victim may become suspicious overtime, the scammer lures them in with pictures, hardships, promises, excitement, and claims of love.Download Your questions answered: How to protect your data in the cloud The number of successful cyberattacks per year per company has increased by 46% over the last four years.