So I’m at my desk working away diligently, against a deadline, hoping for no interruptions, and I get a call from “Microsoft Technical Team” – right. According to the caller, my computer had contracted a virulent virus that needed to be addressed immediately. All I had to do to cure the virus was give the person on the phone control of my computer and they would wipe it clean. Well, being the suspicious person that I am and having just run a virus scan that morning I figured if I gave this guy control of my computer it would be me that got wiped clean not just my computer. But I try to be as cautious as I am suspicious. After all I get messages on my computer from Microsoft all the time (updates, error messages, etc.) so it didn’t seem completely implausible that the caller could be from Microsoft. In trying to gain my trust he offered to give me my Microsoft license number (but we didn’t get that far down the line). Instead, I put the caller on hold and contacted my tech guy who confirmed it was scam. Apparently this is a common scam I just had not heard of it yet.
So I thought I would put out this blog to warn others who may not be aware of this particular scam. If you would like more detail about this scam go to http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx.
If you want to learn more about other hoaxes and scams the following websites are dedicated to educating us about such matters:
I don’t know about you but I can’t function very well without trusting others. But given all the scams and hoaxes out there I practice the wisdom expressed in the adage: Trust but verify. I hope you find this information useful.
Have a great Thanksgiving; hopefully you are spending it with people that you can trust.