After receiving a report of a brazen fraud attempt originating in the UK, Reykjavík area police are asking people to be cautious and exercise common sense.
According to a post from the Facebook of the capital area police, foreign fraudsters will, from time to time, try to trick Icelanders out of their bank account information. While most people are by now familiar certain types of scams that arrive by e-mail, more blatant and creative measures have been taken.
The police report that yesterday evening, a man claiming to be from Microsoft UK called an Icelandic couple. He said that a system error of some kind had happened in their computer which needed to be repaired, so he asked for information that would allow him to have a direct link with their machine.
The couple soon believed there was something suspicious going on, and ended the conversation. They then reported the matter to the police.
The police ask the general public to be aware that such fraudsters exist and will target Icelanders. If you have received such a phone call, or believe someone is trying to scam you in a similar fashion, the police advise you to contact them through an email address designated for such crimes, svikapostur at rls.is.