Scammers have been quick to find a way to financially benefit from the recent global ‘WannaCry’ cyber attack that has been targeting older computer operating systems and locking files until a ransom is paid.
Cold-callers are targeting New Zealanders by telling them they already have WannaCry ransomware on their computer, and offering to help them get rid of it for a fee. There have also been reports to the Government’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT NZ) of scammers pretending to be from the Microsoft support team and calling people to install a ‘patch’ on their computer to protect them from being infected by the ransomware.
Anyone with an older computer using the Windows operating system could be at risk from the scam.
If you receive an unexpected call from someone claiming you have been infected, or telling you they can provide software to prevent you from being infected, just hang up.
Report cold-calling scammers
If you think you might have been targeted by cold-calling scammers, report the call to Netsafe(external link)(external link)