What a great bunch of guys and gals.
They're all just sitting around in some big fancy Microsoft room monitoring the millions of computers worldwide that use Windows and suddenly they noticed that...
OMG, Jan's computer just got a virus. We must contact her right away.
I thanked Steve and told him I had a Mac. Click
I thanked Sean and told him I didn't have a computer. Click
I did my own click with Kevin.
When Michelle called recently, my son-in-law was in the process of downloading Windows files from Microsoft. (Thanks, John, the new system is great!) Her timing was a little scary so I asked her for a return number to call back.
The number was 1-786-220-3237
Which, according to Badnumbers.com and several other sites, is a known Microsoft scam number. The call was placed in Miami, India, or some other place in the world.
These Microsoft scams have been around for some time, but they seem to be increasing. I've had four calls in the past few months.
Like all scammers they play on people's fears and trust. They may make direct calls to homes and businesses or they may lure people with ads on the internet, warnings that they have detected viruses on your computer and they really really want to help you.
Recently a woman in Maryland who owns a towing business had a call from a “computer technician from Microsoft” telling her that she had a virus and her computer was going to crash within 45 minutes.
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Because she had been having computer problems, she thought the call was legitimate and gave the caller -- and a woman he said was his supervisor -- remote access to her computer.
Not satisfied with simply charging a fee for a phoney service, they went into her bank account and took out $2000.
And it gets worse.
She was writing a book and starting a greeting card company and all that as well as her towing business information was wiped out. Source
These are evil people.
Of course Microsoft is aware of the scam. They have a website devoted to making people aware that as helpful as Steve/Sean/Kevin/Michelle seem to be, they are not your friends any more than that missionary in Nigeria with the free puppy is.