One of the most common financial scams takes place via telephone, as more people tend to be at home to receive telephone calls at this time of year. For example, you may receive an unexpected phone call from an IT company who will explain that your computer or laptop has become “infected” with several viruses.
They will usually proceed to tell you that you must pay a fee and allow them to gain remote access to your computer, where they will likely try to access personal information, bank details and other sensitive information. Therefore, if you receive an unexpected phone call of this nature, or it’s from a company or organisation that you don’t recognise, simply hang up. Consider contacting your internet provider to find out if any unusual activity has taken place on your connection, as this can help to verify if you are at a security risk.