Tuesday, November 11, 2014

That fake 'Miscrosoft' support call

This scam is still going on - I recently got another call telling me they were from Microsoft and my computer was showing errors.  Eventually I got bored and told them to 'go away' but there are still a lot of people out there who are being taken in by this and giving away lots of money!

The way it works is that someone (usually from India) calls and says they've detected errors on your PC.  They then, typically, get you to run a few programs, like event viewer, which 'proves' that there are really bad things going on.  

Be aware that even if Microsoft were monitoring your computer on the internet, they don't get much information to identify you - certainly not your name or phone number!

They'll then get you to allow them access to your computer using 'ammyy' or 'teamviewer', generally, and from then on anything could happen - even to the extent that they really DO corrupt your computer, deleting important files.

Please don't get taken in!

Have a look at https://blog.malwarebytes.org/tech-support-scams/ and for a few examples of what happens, have a look on youtube and search for 'fake microsoft support call'.  Some of them are quite entertaining!


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