Recentlyreceived a call from a man in Oklahoma – 580-067-0963 – claiming to know about issues with Microsoft Windows operating systems on my computer and the possibility of my computers crashing and losing all data.
As a technician I told him this was bogus for the following:
1) Any major attack on Windows would be published in the media and Microsoft would release critical patches
2) I back up my systems on a weekly basis
3) He was not a native English speaker; his grammar and speech were questionable
4) He had no specific details about this alleged crash and resulting data loss
5) The phone number above is invalid, according to reverse phone directory. I don’t know of any numbers that start with 0
Be advised – some scammer is out there trying to dupe you into doing something you might regret. There is no mass Windows issue – that I know of – that is going to cause your Windows operating systems to crash.
This is what Microsoft has on its website:
Virtual agent: There are several known hoaxes and e-mail scams that usually sound too good to be true, including the Microsoft lottery hoax e-mail.Another common scam involves receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft technical support, who will then request access to your computer.
Note: Microsoft will not make unsolicited phone calls to help you with your computer.
Click here to see how to recognize phishing email messages, links, or phone calls.Click here for the guide that helps you remove malicious software, spyware, and viruses and prevent future infections.
By Dion D. Shaw
Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
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