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Just got another phone call.

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#1 hoahao


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:12 PM

Some clown with a foreign accent claiming to be from Microsoft security just called and told me my computer was filled with virus and my hard drive was slow.  I played dumb.  He asked why I hadn't opened the email they have been sending me and I claimed I never got any thing.  Reality is, I've been deleting all the bogus stuff without reading or opening the attachments for years. 
He then said he wanted me to hit the key on the right of the Ctrl key at the same time as I hit the letter R.   Naturally, I said sure!!  He asked what did I see and I said "Nothing,"  "Try again" sez he.  "Still nothing" sez I.  Nothing happened cause I wasn't touching any keys. LOL
Sooo, now he wants to know about my browser so we go around and around with that. So's finally, I tell'em I use AOL.  He wants to know what aol uses and I say, "Beats me, I been using it for 20 years ever since I got on the internet; I just point and click..   So, now he wants me to type in the following into the long white box thing that has http in it at the top.   www XXXX  my xx.com  Letters deleted to protect the innocent.
I told him sure, just as soon as I got the Bleepin' Computer forum to check it out and hung up.  I think I wasted a good five minutes of his time while I surfed da net and played dumb with him
Here's the # he supposedly called from:
   Unknown Name

edit: Now that I think about it.  How's come the NSA, reading everybodies email and phone calls doesn't do us all a public service and "Delete" these guys??

Edited by quietman7, 21 August 2013 - 05:34 PM.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:30 PM

Cybercriminals often use the names of well-known companies, like ours, in their scams. They think it will convince you to give them money or your personal information. While they usually use email to trick you, they sometimes use the telephone, instead....We do not send unsolicited email messages or make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information or fix your computer. If you receive an unsolicited email message or phone call that purports to be from Microsoft and requests that you send personal information or click links, delete the message or hang up the phone. Microsoft does not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer.

Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently

Microsoft will not make unsolicited phone calls to help you with your computer. If you receive a phone call like this, hang up.

Don’t fall for phony phone tech support

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...Neither Microsoft nor our partners make unsolicited phone calls (also known as cold calls) to charge you for computer security or software fixes...Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information.

Avoid tech support phone scams: What you need to know

...it's a scam. Microsoft doesn't call people because of errors on their computer. Neither do ISPs, security companies, or pretty much anyone else who might claim some role of internet authority or otherwise...

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