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The Facebook Microsoft Tech Support Scam.


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#1 KerryParkes

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Posted 15 November 2016 - 02:26 PM

The title pretty much says it all. What I have been seeing for some time now is a lot of my clients that click on ads in the right hand advertising panel of the facebook page have ended up with malware on their systems and big warnings on the screen to call a toll free number to fix their system and when they do are told it is Microsoft tech support which it is not and they want access to your system. If you give it to them you are then really in a jackpot of a problem. So just a warning, I tell my clients that it is a good rule of thumb NOT to click on anything in the right pane of their page as you have no clue which ones will cause this issue. Of late mostly the ones about stars dying or having other problems seem to be the most likely ones but I have seen it in others as well. One would think that facebook would do something about these type of things but sadly they are about the almighty dollar and don't seem to care. So every one please watch what you click on facebook. Especially if it seems to good to be true because if so it usually is.



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Posted 15 November 2016 - 06:46 PM

Unsolicited phone calls, browser pop-ups and emails (aka Tech Support Scamming) from "so-called Support Techs" advising "your computer is infected with malware", “All Your Files Are Encrypted" and other fake "alert messages" has become an increasing common and prolific scam tactic over the past several years. The scams may involve web pages with screenshots of fake anti-virus software displaying warnings of bogus malware infections, fake ransomware and fake BSOD which include a tech support phone number to call in order to fix the problem. More nefarious scammers will talk their victims into allowing them remote control access of the computer so they can install a Remote Access Trojan in order to steal passwords and other sensitive personal information which could then be used to access bank accounts or steal a person's identity.

Microsoft does not make unsolicited phone calls, display pop-up alerts in your browser to call a support number or send unsolicited email messages to request personal or financial information or to fix your computer.

If you have not done so already, you may want to read Beware of Phony Emails & Tech Support Scams.
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