Scam Phone Calls
For the third time this week and many times in previous weeks before this, I’ve been receiving calls from a person stating they are from Microsoft and that my computer has been sending out “Bad Information and/or Viruses” to other computers and he is calling to help me solve the problem. In other words, “Scam Phone Calls” in hopes they can sell me something or worse yet, gain access to my computer.
So I did a little bit of research online and found that this scam has been running off and on since the year 2009. Evidently it is still working for them in some places or they would not keep calling.
I checked with Snopes.com which is considered a reliable source for information like this and they report that the calls are still happening. Of course they are; I get from 1 to 3 each week.
The callers try to scare unsuspecting people into thinking their computer is infected, etc. and then they proceed to get remote access to the computer and in turn, they gain access to personal information from the consumer’s computer.
Once the scammers have gained access to the computer, the files and even personal information such as passwords, banking information, credit card information and so on is no longer safe.
It’s possible that soon after the phone call, the bank account can be completely wiped out and the credit cards can already start showing charges made and may have already been maxed out with the stolen information they obtained.
If you think you have fallen prey to one of these scammers, as quickly as you can, call your bank to put a hold on your account and put a freeze on your credit cards until you can set up a new password or even a new account.
A Recap Of Things To Remember:
1. Microsoft will never call you to let you know you have a problem with your computer.
2. Question the caller and use common sense. You will find most, if not all of his/her answers are very vague and they try to steer you to giving them information to access your computer.
3. Never provide any personal information over the phone, especially if you did not initiate the call.
I recommend that you get in the habit of doing some sort of scan on your computer almost every night before shutting it down. One night I will run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, the next night the ScanDisk that comes with your computer, the next night Windows Defender and the next evening a virus scanning software. I rarely go more than one day without doing some sort of security scanning.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (aff.) detects and removes worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and other dangerous malware from your home PC.
Personally, I don’t recommend McAfee or Norton Antivirus and this is just my opinion but the reason is that they do not update the virus information on a regular basis. I have found greater security on my computer using AVG Free Antivirus (aff.) or Avast Antivirus (non aff.)
Each of these programs I have listed is free to download and use. They do have upgraded versions should you choose to have more security than the free versions provide.
That’s it for this time. Be safe while you are online and protect yourself and your computer(s).
I hope this post has made you aware that you also have to think ahead when some “scammer” calls you on your phone.
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They will try almost anything to get what they want.
If you have had any of these types of calls, leave a comment below and tell us your experience or just leave a comment to let me know you were here. Sharing is also appreciated.
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