You get a phone call, claiming to be from Microsoft. That’s what happened to me this week I got a call on the phone somebody claiming that there working for Microsoft and notice I have problems on my computer. When he called he asked for me by name to make it more legitimate, I first played along with him, he was telling me my computer was infected and he could fix it for me. Then when he was going on I told him I am a computer repair tech and there is no way that a server can get information on my computer and send it to him. This is when I lost it and gave him hell for taking advantage of people that don’t know better, and I told him this is as far that I’m going to go with him and hung up.
Telephone tech support scams: What you need to know:
- They take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
- They can or make you install malicious software.
- They could damage your computer by deleting system files.
- Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
- Ask for your personal (password) information.
How to protect you from telephone tech support scams:
- Do not purchase any software or services.
- Ask if there is a fee or subscription service.
- Never give control of your computer to an unknown person over the phone.
- You can 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 or anybody.
- The best thing to do is just, hang up.
Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information.
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