The Duncan Banner

September 17, 2013

Evans: ‘Don’t click the hyperlink’

Banner Staff
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Several area residents are reporting to The Duncan Banner that someone is calling them, representing Microsoft, and then gaining remote access to their personal computers. Some of the callers have told The Banner that they’ve even had to get new computers because they worry their personal information has been hacked.

“Microsoft isn’t going to be calling them,” said Duncan Police Capt. Jay Evans, who oversees the investigative unit for Duncan.

Evans said people should also be cautious about clicking on links in emails and accepting and using USB drives because those can transport trojans which allow remote access.

“About the only way they can hack in is by phishing, which is when they send fake emails. It looks just like a normal email. I received one that was from a major cell phone company and it looked identical — but it’s not.”

He said if you hover your mouse without clicking over one of the hyperlinks in an email or text, it will show you what the website really is, not what you think it is. He said the best thing to do is avoid clicking the link.

“Don’t click the hyperlink. You could be installing a trojan on your computer if you click on it,” Evans said. He also said nobody should be calling you and telling you something is wrong with your computer.