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The scam always starts the same way: the phone rings at someone's home, and the caller – usually with an Indian accent – asks for the householder, quoting their name and address before saying "I'm calling for Microsoft. We've had a report from your internet service provider of serious virus problems from your computer."
Dire forecasts are made that if the problem is not solved, the computer will become unusable.
The puzzled owner is then directed to their computer, and asked to open a program called "Windows Event Viewer". Its contents are, to the average user, worrying: they look like a long list of errors, some labelled "critical". "Yes, that's it," says the caller. "Now let me guide you through the steps to fixing it."
The computer owner is directed to a website and told to download a program that hands over remote control of the computer, and the caller "installs" various "fixes" for the problem. And then it's time to pay a fee: £185 for a "subscription" to the "preventative service".
The only catch: there was never anything wrong with the computer, the caller is not working for Microsoft or the internet service provider, and the owner has given a complete stranger access to every piece of data on their machine...
Source: Virus phone scam being run from call centres in India | Technology | The Guardian
Microsoft is not calling, A scammer from India is calling!
Do not give them any info!!!
Do not go to any website they offer:
They will remote your computer and wipe it and your bank account out!!!
Here is Microsofts response:
Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently
Here are a few of my response next time they call:
This call is being monitored.
Me no speak english.
Hold on one minute. (I set down the phone till they hang up)
My dad is not home
I dont have a windows computer
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Something isn't right...
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