Automated Skype calls spread fake anti-virus warning [VIDEO]

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

As more and more people become acquainted by the tricks used by internet scammers and cybercriminals, so they are pressed to find new social engineering tricks in their hope of tricking the unwary.

One of the schemes we have heard of involves unsolicited calls via Skype, where an automated message (what I like to call a “Digital Dorothy”) warns you in a semi-robotic voice that your computer’s security is not up-to-date.

A Naked Security reader has pointed us to the following YouTube video, showing just such a scam call caught on camera. Fortunately, in this case, the recipient of the bogus call about his computer’s security was wise to the scam and knew not to act upon it.

Warning: Some of the language used in this video is a little fruity.

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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