Recent Skype Scam

I have recently become aware of a new type of scam, targeting Skype users. The victim would receive a Skype call from a bogus IT help desk account, offering help in dealing with various security threats (virus infection, spyware, malware etc.) These callers also claim that you have a virus.  The caller could ask you to visit to certain websites, or to download malicious software.

There is however a simple Skype setting which could greatly increase your online privacy and protect you against this particular threat. In the Skype main window, go to Tools / Options. Under Privacy Settings, select “Allow calls from people in my Contact list only”.

This will allow only people you personally know and trust to call you on Skype.


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