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StillGoing posted 10/28/2013 10:31 AM

Since these jackassess keep calling me I want to make sure nobody actually falls for this stupid crap. I dunno if I posted this info before, but there is how the scam works.

You will receive a phone call from someone claiming to be with "Windows Technical Support" or possibly Microsoft. They will curtly inform you that your computer (if you have more than one, "The one connected to the Internet" or some other evasive response) is infected with malware or a virus and is sending dangerous data to the Internet. They will then walk you through "fixing" the problem.

What the scam does is allows these people access to your machine. Their walk through has you establish a remote session or manipulate settings to allow a remote attack on your machine. They will then either install malware or encrypt data like photos, music, etc and demand payment, the entire time insisting they are legitimate. Anyway I never got them to do more than shout obscenities and hang up on me after 15 minutes of wasting their time.


This is an article from Microsoft that also details some of the crap going on:

Avoid tech support phone scams

Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following:

Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software.

Take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.

Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.

Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal or financial information there.

Neither Microsoft nor our partners make unsolicited phone calls (also known as cold calls) to charge you for computer security or software fixes.
Telephone tech support scams: What you need to know

Cybercriminals often use publicly available phone directories so they might know your name and other personal information when they call you. They might even guess what operating system you're using.

Once they've gained your trust, they might ask for your user name and password or ask you to go to a website to install software that will let them access your computer to fix it. Once you do this, your computer and your personal information is vulnerable.

Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information.

Here are some of the organizations that cybercriminals claim to be from:

Windows Helpdesk

Windows Service Center

Microsoft Tech Support

Microsoft Support

Windows Technical Department Support Group

Microsoft Research and Development Team (Microsoft R & D Team)

Report phone scams

Learn about how to report phone fraud in the United States. Outside of the US, contact your local authorities.
How to protect yourself from telephone tech support scams

If someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support calls you:

Do not purchase any software or services.

Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the "service." If there is, hang up.

Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you can confirm that it is a legitimate representative of a computer support team with whom you are already a customer.

Take the caller's information down and immediately report it to your local authorities.

Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support.

What to do if you already gave information to a tech support person

If you think that you might have downloaded malware from a phone tech support scam website or allowed a cybercriminal to access your computer, take these steps:

Change your computer's password, change the password on your main email account, and change the password for any financial accounts, especially your bank and credit card.

Scan your computer with the Microsoft Safety Scanner to find out if you have malware installed on your computer.

Install Microsoft Security Essentials. (Microsoft Security Essentials is a free program. If someone calls you to install this product and then charge you for it, this is also a scam.)

Note: In Windows 8, Windows Defender replaces Microsoft Security Essentials. Windows Defender runs in the background and notifies you when you need to take specific action. However, you can use it anytime to scan for malware if your computer isnít working properly or you clicked a suspicious link online or in an email message.

Learn more about Windows Defender

Will Microsoft ever call me?

There are some cases where Microsoft will work with your Internet service provider and call you to fix a malware-infected computerósuch as during the recent cleanup effort begun in our botnet takedown actions. These calls will be made by someone with whom you can verify you already are a customer. You will never receive a legitimate call from Microsoft or our partners to charge you for computer fixes.
More information

For more information about how to recognize a phishing scam, see Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently.

If you need help with a virus or other security problem, visit the Microsoft Virus and Security Solution Center.

To help protect against viruses and other malicious software, download Microsoft Security Essentials.

Windows 8 includes antivirus protection thatís turned on by default.

If you're ever so worried that your machine is compromised, unplug it from the Internet until someone you trust can check it out. Don't even talk to these dirtbags.

simplydevastated posted 10/28/2013 10:58 AM

This is good to know. Thank you for posting it.

wifehad5 posted 10/28/2013 16:12 PM

ExposedNiblet posted 10/28/2013 17:25 PM

Thanks for posting this SG.

I find these yahoos make their calls (attacks) in bursts. Things seem to quiet down for awhile, only to start back up with a mighty vengeance.

We were getting these calls quite frequently (answered it once, ignored the rest) until a buddy of mine suggested telling the caller that we didn't have PCs but rather Macs. Sure enough, it worked. Haven't had a call since.

YMMV, of course, but hey, try it, it just might work for you too!

osxgirl posted 10/28/2013 20:13 PM

I was just getting ready to say what ExposedNiblet just did - we got one of these calls. My husband answered. He told the person he knew he (the caller) was a liar because we only have Macs.

He said the person hung up immediately, and we've had no calls for this since.

[This message edited by osxgirl at 8:14 PM, October 28th (Monday)]

StillGoing posted 10/28/2013 22:42 PM

It's good they hung up but they can be persistent even with the mac response. There's an article out there by a guy who really did only have macs in his home and they insisted he had The Windows installed on a secondary partition or something.

I was mainly concerned with the possibility that someone might get sucked into this crap. The best way to reduce the effectiveness of these asses is to make people aware.

[This message edited by StillGoing at 10:42 PM, October 28th (Monday)]

TrulyReconciled posted 10/29/2013 09:18 AM

I just usually say, "well shit, you've reached Bill Gates, so YOU'RE FIRED."

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