moderated Re: Spyware

paul lemm



I would say definitely a scam, anything that asks you to call somewhere is a scam, if Microsoft detected  something using Microsoft defender it would have just disabled the threat , since there’s nothing extra which could be gained by calling Microsoft . as someone else suggested  though make a note of the number they ask you to call, do not call it as you could get lumbered with a call which costs tons of money to call, but instead put the number into google search and see what search results you get, it will probably come up as a scam number, but again do not call the number given if you do need to call Microsoft use the official number for Microsoft accessibility.




From: [] On Behalf Of John Doering
Sent: 03 April 2018 13:07
Subject: Spyware



When surfing the web last night, I entered on a link and got a pop up window that stated Windows detected my system was attacked by spyware.  It stated the spyware was now stealing my credit card numbers, passwords, and the rest.  It also stated this verbally in a female voice with what sounded like a British accent.  It demanded that I call Microsoft at an 800 number it provided.  It also stated that if I closed the window without calling that Microsoft 800 number, Microsoft would to protect their system disable my IP address.

I never trust pop ups from the web so tried to close the window without success.  I then shut down my system, but when I powered back up the pop up came up again.  This time though, I was able to close the window.  I ran a  virus scan with Windows Defender and there were threats found.  I entered on the take action link and let it run its course.  I then ran MRT.exe which found nothing.  Then I shut down the system and have not started it since.  Keep your fingers crossed that it is gone when I power up.

For your information, I am sending this message from my work computer, so should not be infected. 

Has anyone heard of this and is the 800 number legit?

Any help would be appreciated.





John Doering

Administrative Pricing Specialist 


p. 414-778-3040 Ext 4063  t. 800-642-8778 f. 414-778-3392


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