moderated Re: Spyware
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Yeah, I’ve had a couple of these calls come through, I love letting them go through their speel about microsoft noticing I have an issue, then tell them I’ve got a MAC! Haha, I don’t actually have a mac, its just fun winding them up!. To be fair though the honest truth is you have to remember Microsoft are simply a company that supply your operating system and have no way of detecting if you have a problem or a virus, and even if they did they wouldn’t contact everyone about virus’s on their PC’s since it would take thousands upon thousands of manpower hours to do and since they are only the providers of operating system its not something that has anything to do with them , so even if they could detect it they still wouldn’t contact you , that is what your anti-virus software is for.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Sieghard Weitzel
Sent: 03 April 2018 16:03
Subject: Re: Spyware
Something like that is absolutely definitely not for real. If you had called this line they would have probably asked you to connect them to your computer to fix “the issue” and next thing you wold have been told that your computer was now encryped and if you want it back you need to send them whatever amount of money.
I have even recceived phone calls where the person (usually with a heavy accent) was claiming to be from Microsoft and I urgently needed to give them access to my computer because they had detected it was infected by a bad virus… I usually have a bit of fun with these idiots before hanging up on them, some of them get outright nasty and threaten that I would get arrested if I don’t cooperate etc. Very funny.
If you know the 800 number, you could Google it from your work computer to find out if it is for real, which I highly doubt.
But, I'd call Microsoft accessibility: 800-936-5900 from before turning on the computer. Ideally, from a speaker phone so when you turn it on, if the pop-up comes up they can hear it.
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