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Old 01-15-2016, 10:19 AM   #1
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About 9:12 PM (local) I received a call from someone stating that my computer "hacked" into an area.

The woman with an Asian accent stated she was from Microsoft.

I asked for the American representative and she said that one was not needed as she was with the London (as in UK) office.

I could tell it was an overseas call as I heard an echo of what I said when I spoke.

Following up on the telephone of (859) 355-5313, I found it belonged to someone in Kentucky.

They wanted remote access into my computer.

BE ALERT OUT THERE!!!
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:49 AM   #2
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I deal with victims of scammers all the time.
Never talk to anyone who calls you, ever. Call the company back on a number you locate if you want to be sure it is legit. Never call back on a number the caller gives you.
Never send anyone money via Western union, green cards or any other pre paid cards.

In spite of what any caller tells you...
No, you did not win a lottery or sweepstakes
No, a wealthy prince is not giving you money
No, your relative is not in prison in a foreign country and does not need bail money
No, the authorities are not coming to arrest you in an hour if you can pay back taxes
No one is shutting off your utilities unless you pay up right now...
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I deal with victims of scammers all the time....
In spite of what any caller tells you...
No, you did not win a lottery or sweepstakes
No, a wealthy prince is not giving you money
There goes my weekend
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I would add that refugee camps in Sierra Leone do NOT have internet access.

The daughter of a cocoa merchant does NOT want your help in moving $12 million of her late daddy's money out of the country.

You did NOT have a relative that was a petroleum engineer that died in a car crash in a foreign nation.

Microsoft does NOT give a crap if you have a virus, and they are NOT going to call you.

The latest scam going around here in Central VA- you missed responding to a summons for jury duty, and you are going to jail unless you pay a fine- OVER THE PHONE.
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I got one of these a couple weeks ago - a guy, claimed to be from Microsoft Network, and my computer was sending out viruses. I let him give his whole speal, than asked "Tell me - does anyone actually buy this load of crap you are spewing?"

Click -
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I got that call yesterday. They said they had detected viruses on my machine. I literally laughed out loud and said "So tell me, how did you get access to my computer?" By the time I got done laughing they had hung up.
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I get these calls about twice a month. "From Microsoft" and I have a virus. I let the Pakistani or Indian start his spiel, gets into about a minute of it, then I tell him I don't use any Microsoft products - everything is a Mac. He still goes on, reading from a script. Then I just hang up.

Next time, I'll tell him I run Linux, but I'm running out of operating systems I don't have.
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My wife was needing support for the new Quicken. The idiot on the Quicken helpline pulled the same thing on her. “Your computer is being hacked right now! For $200 I will stop the hack and protect you from all future hacks for a year.”

And, by the way, he didn’t know a damn thing about Quicken!

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Here is another "solution" that I have heard of, but never tried: When you get a telemarketer, just say, "Hold on a minute", lay the phone down and go about your business. See how long it takes for them to figure out that you are not coming back on the phone. (Any downside to this?) Everything I have read says that if you have caller ID and don't recognize a phone number, or suspect that it is a scam or telemarketer, just don't answer, ever.
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Microsoft does NOT give a crap if you have a virus, and they are NOT going to call you.
Holy crap, Batman, I wish I had a nickel for

every time I got THIS call! Do people actually fall

for this melarkey?

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