Much like tech support scams, calls about expired software are hunting for victims.
Who Is It Targeting: Computer users
What Is It: Phishing scam that informs you your software key has expired
What Are They After: Much like famous tech support scams in which a caller steals your data and money under the guise of repairing your computer, an expired software scam is after the same thing. A scammer contacts you in some way and informs you that your Windows security code has expired, or some similar excuse. They ask for information about you, payment for a new subscription, or even access to your computer itself.
How Can You Avoid It:
- Never give anyone your personal information or your money if they contact you without prior notice.
- If you have a question related to your computer or your software, contact the developer through an approved customer service number.
- Never give anyone remote access to your computer unless you initiated the service request.
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from Denver Post.