Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Phone Scam Warning...

So today I received a very interesting phone call that went something like this....

Ring Ring...Caller Id "Unassigned"

Me: Hello

Man with thick Indian accent: Hello Ma'am I am calling from Microsoft Windows, we have been receiving reports from your computer for sometime now that it has been infected with a virus...

Me: What?

Him: Your computer has downloaded a virus from the internet and is in danger of crashing at any moment...This virus is *incoherent pretend gobblity goop* and heading right for the processor blah blah blah...
(now for a split second my brain was like this guy almost sounds like he knows what he is talking about but not quite)

Me: How do you know my computer is infected...

Which he tries to answer me with a bunch more pretend gobblity goop about how a virus works and what it will do my computer and mentions a couple of times that my computer could crash at any moment....But side steps my question...but tries to tell me if I will just give him remote access to my computer he can fix the problem...

Me: How do you KNOW my computer is infected since I have never bothered to register it...

Him: Because when you purchase any computer is it assigned a number and when it sends automatic messages to our system we are able to identify it using that number...

Me: But I have never registered my computer or software with Microsoft so how did you get my phone number??

Huge warning bells are going off at this point and I check my computer is still inactive and I have not been hacked already...

Him: We were able to track the number and got your phone number from your internet provider...

Me: YOU ARE FULL OF SHIT...CLICK...

This call was so brazen and almost convincing, I actually know many of my web clients that would fall for this stuff, older ppl with a lot more to lose if someone was to hack them...Scary stuff...I took the time to call Microsoft Customer Service and was told they have been getting bunches of reports of these calls and there was even a news report a couple of weeks ago about it...

So please please PLEASE remember to NEVER give any "tech" remote access to your computer unless you have initiated the contact or call about your computer...Just like you would not give out your social security number to someone calling you on the phone.

Kelsie

3 comments:

The Sewing Loft said...

People are just plain nuts these days. We have to constantly be on the lookout to keep from being ripped off. That is just wrong.
:(

Barb

On Crooked Creek said...

Kelsie,
Good for you that you didn't give any information out to. .. "Hello, My name is Peggy!" HA! We all have to be so~o~o~o careful these days!
Fondly,
Pat

from Leslie said...

It IS crazy- I receive so many spam emails from "PayPal", "CitiBank", etc...they look so legit but I know they are not...I think of the people who just don't know- it is shame.
Thanks for sharing your story!
Leslie- Denver