Stay away from the Sophos scammers

Graham Cluley

Sally in our UK marketing department grabbed me to tell me about a scam that they heard about at the end of last week.

Apparently, someone pretending to be representing Sophos has been calling up businesses on the pretext of inviting staff to a Sophos event. However, the bogus caller tries to pressure the poor soul who answers the phone into revealing names and contact details of senior members of staff at the companies.

Sally heard about this from an affected customer, after they became suspicious that the caller didn’t know which Sophos products they used, wouldn’t give a phone number to call back on and was “very forceful” in trying to get contact details for the organisation’s directors.

So, be on your guard from phoney Sophos calls. If it’s a genuine call from Sophos we’ll always be happy to provide a call-back number for you to contact us, and we won’t be using bully-boy tactics to extract details of your bosses from you!

But, seeing as we’re here (and Sally twisted my arm…

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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.