We have all been used to the telephone call which tells us that our computer is infected by a virus and if we give the caller access to our system then he/she will fix it free of charge but the newest one is purportedly from BT saying that a virus has infected the broadband and it will be cut off if we don’t react within twenty minutes. All false of course but it pays to be vigilant.
A new one on me was an email saying that my car had been parked in a prohibited place and a fine was due to be paid. If I paid within 24 hours I could deduct 50%, but if it was not paid in 7 days it would double. We have all had genuine parking fines and the one thing they have in common is the Registration Number of the car; this was not present on the email. The secure payment portal was also false so any money would go straight to the scammer.
As the crooks get smarter and they receive funds from those taken in they will continue to try and compromise as many people as possible.
Don’t let them get away with it. If in doubt don’t pay.
Consultancy, Quality Matters Limited.