Action Fraud has received reports of scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the recent Ransomware attack by the group WannaCry.

It has been reported that a victim was subject to the scam via a pop up window on their computer. The window stated that the victim’s computer had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware; it contained a ‘help’ number and wouldn’t close.  The victim called the number detailed on the pop up window and allowed the scammers access to their PC after being informed that there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus software to avoid the attacks. The fraudsters installed a Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool and managed to take £320 as payment.

It is of paramount importance to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages will NEVER contain a phone number, and that they will never reach out to you to provide technical support – all communication must be initiated by the customer.

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