Microsoft: Half of Tech Support Scam Victims Are Millennials
Security Update : Two-thirds of the people who answered a Microsoft survey said they encountered a tech support scam in the past year, either by accessing shady websites or by receiving cold calls from individuals who posed as tech support experts for various companies.
The same study also revealed that one in five people didn’t recognize the scam and continued the conversation, which eventually led to situations where they accessed a malicious website, installed dangerous software on their PCs, gave the scammer access to their computer, or passed on personal or financial details to the scammer.
Microsoft says that one in ten persons admitted to losing money through one form or another to tech support scams in the past 12 months.
But this was not the most interesting finding of Microsoft’s survey. For a long time, it has been believed that the older generation is more susceptible to fall for these tactics.
In fact, Microsoft has been one of the organizations setting up forums and … (read more)