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Kevbar #1 Posted 08 January 2015 - 01:40 PM

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Just received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft in California who stated that they've recently noticed that my computer(s) had received some kind of vulnerable threat. :sceptic:  He then started going on about some program or website but at this point I just hung up. 
He then rang me straight back but I just hung up without speaking. :P
He then rang back again but this time I answered. He asked what was the problem so I told him that I believed it to be a scam and not to ring again. He pleaded with me that it wasn't but I just hung up. :trollface:
I've heard about this kind of thing before but this is the first time its ever happened to me. Microsoft never make any unsolicited calls so this is definitely a scam. What the scammers do is just guess that you're using a particular OS such as Windows or have found other details from a 3rd party site and try to get you to go to their website where all manner of bad things can occur.
Whatever you do, DO NOT give them any details about anything whatsoever, tell them not to ring back and then hang up.
Whilst they sound legit, they aren't. For more info, read this:-
Regards, Kevbar

TsundereWaffle #2 Posted 08 January 2015 - 04:07 PM

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Start arguing with them with things like, but i own a mac

Homer_J #3 Posted 08 January 2015 - 04:15 PM

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I get them all the time.


What they will do is make you run event viewer which will show loads of errors, because it's Windows and even the best installation will have errors in there.  Then they will direct you to their website where they will take control of your wallet and clear down the event log.


I try to string them along as much as possible, managed 26 minutes before they hung up on me once.

ajappat #4 Posted 09 January 2015 - 07:15 PM

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I so wish I could get such phonecall.

Shihan_Kernow #5 Posted 14 February 2015 - 09:51 AM


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A while back I had a phone call from an unknown source.

The caller (with a strong Indian accent) identified himself as a Microsoft technician and told me that the Microsoft web site had been receiving many reports that my PC was experiencing a cyber attack, my IP Address had been compromised and malicious software had been installed.

The next 5 minutes of conversation went something like this…

ME: How do you know that?
HIM: You have a piece of software installed which informs Microsoft of any problems with your PC.
ME: I don’t think I have any such software installed.
HIM: I guarantee that you do.
ME: I am sure I don’t.
HIM: Every PC has Windows Reporting software installed.
ME: Mine doesn’t.
HIM: I can prove it to you, and if I am wrong I will just hang up.
ME: OK then.
HIM: On your screen click on the START button.
ME: I don’t have a START button.
HIM: At the bottom left of your screen…
ME: Nope, no START button.
HIM: you must have a START button.
ME: Nope, I see nothing on screen that says START.
HIM: OK then. On your keyboard press your Windows button.
ME: Which one is that?
HIM: On the bottom row at the left, with a picture like a flag.
ME: I don’t have one of them.
HIM: You do.
ME: I don’t.
HIM: What buttons do you have?
ME: Left to right… Control, Alt, Command and Spacebar.
HIM: But you must have a Windows key.
ME: Why must I have Windows key?
HIM: It is part of the Windows operating system.
ME: I don’t think I have a Windows operating system.
HIM: Yes, you do. If you don’t have a Microsoft Windows operating system your computer won’t work.

ME: My computer works fine.

HIM: So you must have Microsoft operating system.

ME: I don’t think I have any Microsoft software on my computer. [A lie, I do have Office 2011].

Long pause….

HIM: You have a Mac.
ME: Correct.

He hung up.

The moral of the story is that

[1] you should never make assumptions and

[2] (most importantly) don’t believe strangers on the phone who tell you that your PC has been compromised.

I’m sure that if I said I had a Windows PC they would have asked for remote access to my PC so they could remove the malicious software (if there ever was any), maybe charge me a hefty fee for doing so or use that access for their own nefarious purposes.

Sadly, there will be people out there who will believe anyone who mentions “Microsoft”, panic at the mention of “malicious software” and fall for this scam. Don’t be one of them.

Darth_Woras #6 Posted 15 February 2015 - 09:20 PM


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''You got virus.''
''Its a keygen.''
''You got malicious software.''
''Its a craaaack.''

A_N00B #7 Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:09 AM

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View PostHomer_J, on 08 January 2015 - 03:15 PM, said:



I try to string them along as much as possible, managed 26 minutes before they hung up on me once.

EXACTLY what I do with phone scams, telephone marketing, etc.

Sometimes I just say "Please hold, I'll be right back" and see how long they sit there before hanging up.

Edited by WaIIet_Warrior, 16 February 2015 - 06:09 AM.

Major_Hunter #8 Posted 16 February 2015 - 04:12 PM


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Well thats been going around for a long time i used to get several calls like that untill i told them i dont own a PC so how can that be possible they put the phone down instantly bet that confoculated them

Pansenmann #9 Posted 16 February 2015 - 09:20 PM

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next time ask him if he can send you a written statement of his company,

that they obey your countries data privacy regulations.

He should have your adress. If not - too bad. :)

Xino9922 #10 Posted 17 February 2015 - 07:55 AM


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As an IT professional myself, I would like to see them try :trollface:

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