AnyDesk, TeamViewer, Microsoft Teams or Zoom. You may be familiar with these software programs that allow computer media to take control of your computer remotely. However, in recent months, they have been particularly used by thugs to recover your sensitive data, particularly your bank details, and thus steal thousands of euros from you, reports the evening edition of Ouest-France, Monday, May 9. It is the regulator of the British financial sector, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who spotted this new online scam. Since January 2021, it would have made it possible to steal more than 25 million pounds, or around 29 million euros, from individuals.
How do the fishnets operate? They pose as investment advisers and offer to install new devices on the person’s computer. To do this, they go through remote screen sharing software. From this simple manipulation, they have access to all your station and can therefore retrieve the information they want. A 59-year-old Briton paid the price. As Ouest-France relates, she was called by an individual claiming to be a financial advisor, after clicking on an advertisement for a cryptocurrency. By convincing her to install AnyDesk, he was able to recover the banking data stored on his computer. He then stole his pension, took out several loans in his name, thus stealing nearly 56,000 euros from him.