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There is an article about this on news24.com today.Well about time to hear something from microsoft but such scams have been reported here in posts for years.
Is that press release going out to beyond this technical forum or widespread out to the "mom & dad" types who need to know?
How do you verify the legitimacy of someone over a phone line?In the rare instance where Microsoft might contact consumers directly, the caller will be able to verify the existence of a current customer relationship, Microsoft said.
Fun for the kids tooThe Terrible-Two Scam
Phone Scam, Telemarketer | TX, USA | Family & Kids, Liars/Scammers, Technology
(I get a phone call from a private number. I answer it.)
Caller: “Hello, I am [Caller] from Windows Tech Support. I am calling about your Windows computer. Our system shows it has many viruses and I am going to help you work it out.”
Me: “Oh, no! Well, I don’t know much about computers, so I’ll put you on with my daughter. She knows way more about computers than me so she should be able to work with you.”
Caller: “Yes, that will be fine.”
(I put the phone on speaker and hand it to my daughter so I can listen in.)
Caller: “Hello, I am [Caller] from Windows Tech Support. I am calling about your Windows computer. Our system shows it has many viruses and I am going to help you work it out. Okay?”
Caller: “First I need you to click on the start button.”
Daughter: “Start button!”
Caller: “Yes, could you tell me what you see?”
Daughter: “You see?”
Caller: “Ma’am? No, I can’t see. You have to tell me.”
Daughter: “Tell me!”
Caller: “No, ma’am. You have to tell me. What is it you see on your screen?”
Daughter: “Okay, bye bye. I love you. I go on the swing now.”
(Then my very articulate two-year-old daughter hung up, handed me the phone, and went and played on her swing.)
I see they use multiple toll free numbers, please update if you have a similar pop up with a different number.Afrihost customer, your system has detected possible Suspicious Activity. Please call the Toll-Free number below for a Microsoft-Certified Technician to help you resolve the issue.
For your own safety please do not open internet browser to avoid data corruption to the registry of your system.
Please contact support at the Toll-Free Helpline 888-979-4279
PLEASE DO NOT SHUTDOWN OR RESTART THE COMPUTER, DOING THAT MAY LEAD TO DATA LOSS AND POSSIBLE FAILURE OF THE OPERATING SYSTEM, AND POTENTIAL NON BOOTABLE SITUATION RESULTING IN COMPLETE DATA LOSS. CONTACT CERTIFIED MICROSOFT TECHNICIANS TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE CALLING TOLL-FREE 888-979-4279
Toll-Free Helpline 888-979-4279
what webpage were you on when you got it?Latest browser pop up scam (It locks up your browser, and sets of a continuous beeping - to kill it use task manager to kill your browser and then reboot. Download, install and run Malwarebytes anti-malware to clean up your system) :
I see they use multiple toll free numbers, please update if you have a similar pop up with a different number.
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How many people visit the Microsoft site?This warning within the article had been on MS website some time already.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Then several prior to this one, also one taking the whole scam call centre support issue in regard.