1 - IP Address Scam
What is the scam and how does it work?
Scammers inform victims of ‘suspicious activity’ on their internet IP address. This is a red flag to look out for. A victim receives a telephone call from a criminal pretending to be from Virgin Media Support telling about this activity. The scammers will say they are happy to share this evidence and ask victims to go online and visit a (fake) website. The scam happens from this website which can capture personal information AND installs software which gives the criminal access to victims’ devices.
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This time from “Virgin Media Support”
A man said there had been suspicious activity on my internet IP address and he wanted to show me evidence of it.
He wanted me to go to a website called www.awesun.com and install the some software.
He asked me what I could see on the screen, I said it was warning me about a scam. (I was already convinced he was a scammer) He didn’t realise I was calling him a scammer and asked me to go to www.anydesk.com. I said, “So you want to take control of my computer?” He told me he had to do that in order to show me the problems. I told him that I knew it was a scam from the moment he began speaking but at least I had wasted his time, I hung up before he could respond.”
What IPS suggest you do
- Never hand over any personal information or banking details to anyone, least of all those who call you out of the blue.
- If you made a note of the number that called you, report it to your service provider (eg BT or Sky) as a scam call and request their advice on how to block such calls.
- If you believe you have been a victim of a scam please contact your bank, if you have lost money, and Action Fraud or call 0300 123 2040, immediately.
- Note that Action Fraud now offer a ‘Live Chat’ service.