There is a new scam doing the rounds and internet users should be wary.
Yesterday The Weekend Argus reported an international phone scam had caught some South Africans off-guard.
The scam allows others full access to your computer. According to the report, some victims received landline calls from people claiming to be Microsoft employees informing them of problems with their computer.
These alleged Microsoft employees told victims their computers were submitting error messages containing corrupt files, which could damage their systems.
Victims were directed to a programme called Microsoft Event Viewer, which displayed error messages and they were then instructed to download software to fix the problem.
Victims inadvertently gave full control of their computers to the scammers and even paid an additional £185 (about R2220) ‘fee’, adding Insult to injury.
Microsoft after being notified of the matter, issued a statement saying that it was against their policy to make such calls to customers.