Internet users should be wary of an international phone scam that allows people full access to their computer, according to a report on Sunday.
The Weekend Argus reported that victims get a call on their landline from someone claiming to be a Microsoft employee, alerting them to a computer problem.
The scammers claim the victim’s computer is submitting error messages and contains corrupt files that could damage it.
According to the report, the user is led to a program called Microsoft Event Viewer, which displays error messages. They are then told to go to a website and download software to fix the problem.
Some South Africans had fallen victim to the scam, giving over full control of their computer with an added insult of a 185 pounds sterling fee.
Microsoft were aware of the scam, saying it was not its policy to make phone calls of this kind to its customers.