Call from "Windows techical department"
Thread poster: Vera Schoen

Vera Schoen  Identity Verified
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Feb 5, 2014

I just received a call from a woman claiming she called from Windows technical department about my computer being full of viruses and that she would/wanted to help me fix the problem.

It sounded very fishy and she was very insistent, but I managed to get rid of her at last. Looks like this is an old scam, but I had never heard of it before and I just wanted to warn those of you who are unaware of this type of scam.


Here is a link to an interesting text about the scam and how the scammers work:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/10/i-am-calling-you-from-windows-a-tech-support-scammer-dials-ars-technica/

Vera


 

Orrin Cummins  Identity Verified
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... Feb 5, 2014

Half-believable, since Windows machines are often found to be full of malware

 

Vera Schoen  Identity Verified
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Quite right Feb 5, 2014

That's why it took me a while to realize it was a scam, it could be perfectly true. Except, of course, the anonymous phone call and the Indian accent.


Vera


 

Jennifer Forbes  Identity Verified
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It's been going on for years Feb 5, 2014

This is a well-known scam that's been going on for years. The caller tries to persuade you to let them into your computer, installs viruses and then charges you for removing them! Nice ...
I still get these calls occasionally so I suppose the scam must work for them sometimes.
Just put the phone down.


 


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