(WICHITA, Kan.) — Scammers are getting more creative in how they try to hack into your computer. We're used to seeing scams showing up in emails telling us to click on a link. But some scammers are now calling people and asking to access their computers.
"It would be like your dishwasher repair man calling you out of the blue saying 'hey, your dishwasher is about to have an issue,'" explained Bill Ramsey of Cybertron IT.
These scammers usually say they're from Microsoft and ask for your IP address because they've suspected your computer either has or is at risk for a virus. The IP address is a unique set of numbers the Internet uses to identify your computer. The problem is, neither Microsoft or any other computer company would make an unsolicited call to someone at home.
By giving up your IP address, you give the scammers access to all of your private files, saved passwords and even access to what you're doing online.