Finns have lost €1 million to online fraudsters and 200 complaints about scammers posing as employees from the Microsoft technical support team were received from authorities in 2021 compared to 1,000 such complaints made last year, Finland’s Cyber Security Centre has informed.
Cybercriminals posing as trusted authorities and companies are conning people with seemingly authentic emails, text messages, and phone calls from the country’s tax authorities, the national postal service, and companies like Finnair and HBO Nordic.
These scam artists are becoming more professional, creative, and inventive, the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) crime commissioner, Juha Tompuri, told Helsingin Sanomat in an interview on Wednesday.
However, fighting this type of criminal activity is a tall order for the traditional and local police, Tompuri admitted. The crime commissioner urged people to not click on dubious links or respond to dodgy messages, adding that one should hang up the phone if the person on the other line is asking for access to one’s computer in broken English.
(Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)