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Increase in Emotet Malware Attacks via Email

Trojan HorseThis is just a quick note to remind customers to be vigilant when reading email.

In recent days there has been an increase in malware attacks by a family of malware, and cybercrime operation, known as Emotet. [1] The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently posted an update regarding Increased Emotet Malware Activity. [2]

Some main points, to be aware of, include…

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Avoid Tech Support Scams

This is a reminder to avoid falling for Tech Support Scams.

Tech Support Scams, typically, involve someone cold calling a potential victim, saying they are with a trusted organization or company, such as Microsoft or Windows, and warning that the victim’s computer is malfunctioning or infected with a dangerous virus. Then the caller (scammer) offers to help by having the victim download software, or remotely connecting to the victim’s computer, to fix the problem.

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Phone Scam for your Computer!

Be weary of receiving phone calls from a Microsoft Service Center or similar name, claiming they are calling you to help you remove viruses from your computer.  This is likely a scam to take money or even your identity from you.

So far, the callers seem to always call with an accent and try to get you to go to websites to remove the viruses and want to charge you a fee for it using a credit card.

Mostly this scam appears to be attacking UK folks, but phone calls have started hitting US customers and even our own Widomaker Customers.

If you receive such a phone call, do not fall for it.  If you can, record the call or if you can get any information, take it and report it to the authorities. Hang up the phone.

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