An influx of fake payment receipts – what’s the story?

You may have noticed an increase in the quantity of scam emails and text messages thanking you for your recent payment and wondered what is going on?  While this is not a new scam it has been a while since we’ve seen so many of this kind doing the rounds.  In this scam you receive a message typically via email or SMS text message that looks like a “thankyou for your payment” message, they usually include some vague information about the thing you apparently bought and provide a phone number for you to call should you have any queries.  A slight twist on this theme is where the scammer tells you the thing you have bought is an antivirus software subscription renewal (most of the ones I’ve seen are for ‘Norton’ but I’m sure they use other names also) and if you don’t want to renew please call this number….

In either case the scammer wants you to ring them, when you do they will no doubt employ one of many methods to scam money from you, often after gaining remote control to your computer they will instruct you to sign in to your online banking platform at which time they will blank your screen and attempt to empty your bank account or perhaps they will try and get you to give up personal information such as credit card details.

Here’s a screenshot of one of these scams, hopefully this helps you spot them before you get caught


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