Online shoppers warned to be on lookout for scam
Published 14/12/2010 | 05:00
ONLINE Christmas shoppers have been warned to be on the alert for a scam in which computer users are tricked into downloading a file which allows scammers to access their computers, writes Fiona Ellis.
Cyber criminals, claiming to be from Microsoft, are calling consumers, to tell them they have a virus.
The caller then gets the victim to download a file and gains access to their computer, where they can see personal details including financial information. In some cases they also ask for credit card details.
John Shine of the National Consumer Agency said: "We're seeing growing numbers of reports of this particular scam and we are warning people to be very careful."