- Sep 30, 2005
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Microsoft surveyed 7,000 computer users in the UK, Ireland, US and Canada, and found that across all four countries, 15 percent of people had received a similar call. In Ireland, this rose to 26 percent.
And of those who received a call, 22 percent - three percent of the total survey sample - were fooled into following the scammers' instructions. In some cases, this meant giving the scammer remote access to their computer and downloading software code provided by the criminals; in others, users provided credit card information for a purchase.
Seems to me that Canadians and Americans either have expensive computers or their repairmen are bigger scammers than the real criminals. Five grand to repair a pcAcross all four countries, the average amount of money stolen was $875, ranging from $82 in Ireland up to $1,560 in Canada. The average cost of repairing the damage caused to computers by the scammers was $1,730 — rising to $4,800 in the US.