The “Call From Windows Technical Support” Phone Scam


 

I received a call Monday morning from a person claiming to be from Windows technical support. She said that I had serious malware and viruses on my PC. I knew immediately that it was a scam, I muttered a few unkind remarks and hung up. Who at Microsoft would call me on Memorial Day morning to warn that there was something wrong with my PC?

From Microsoft’s website:

Cybercriminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following:

  • Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software.
  • Convince you to visit legitimate websites (like http://www.ammyy.com) to download software that will allow them to take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
  • Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
  • Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal or financial information there.

Neither Microsoft nor our partners make unsolicited phone calls (also known as cold calls) to charge you for computer security or software fixes.

If you get such a call – hang up. Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information.

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About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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One Response to The “Call From Windows Technical Support” Phone Scam

  1. suryokecu says:

    It has been presence since years ago. Most of the callers must be from person that has a weird accent. It is always good to report their numbers directly to FTC. Also, I would like to share their numbers to my friends via Twitter or facebook, and put their number to some websites like http://whycall.me just to make more people aware that this number belongs to scammer.

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