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Credit Card Scam Still Active

DATA LOSS—IRELAND

January 31, 2011

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes and Microsoft Ireland are warning the public about a cold-calling scam from people claiming to be representing Microsoft, Silicon Republic reports. Scammers posing as Microsoft employees have been calling individuals claiming there was a problem with their computers and that they could fix it by downloading a file that would be available once a credit card was provided. The file contained a virus, allowing the hackers access to the individuals' personal information. The still-active scam is under investigation by the Gardia, ComReg and the National Consumer Agency. Individuals are warned to hang up if they receive such a call and to call their credit card provider if any account details were provided.
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