"Malicious" phone scammers impersonating ACSC

Friday, 06 November, 2020

"Malicious" phone scammers impersonating ACSC

The Australian Cyber Security Centre has warned that scammers claiming to be from the ACSC are calling Australians and claiming the receiving person’s computer has been compromised. The malicious callers are known as ‘remote access scammers’ and they ask individuals to download ‘TeamViewer’ or ‘AnyDesk’ onto their device to help resolve the malware issue.

The scammer then attempts to persuade the individual to enter a URL into a browser and access online banking service, which then compromises their computer to reveal banking information, enabling the scammer to transfer funds.

Some recipients of these calls have reported to the ACSC that the scammers may have spoofed legitimate caller ID numbers to make their unsolicited calls appear more authentic.

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