Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Computer Phone Scams

I just had a phone call from someone claiming to represent Microsoft claiming that they had been receiving lots of error reports from my computer.

Now I happen to know for certain that any such reports would not get out through the firewall and that therefore such reports would not be coming from my computer. Now that leaves only two alternatives – either the person calling me has a load of viruses on their computer causing all of these mistaken reports or the person calling is involved in a scam of some sort where they are trying to gain access to my computer.

Now even though the second of these options is far more likely I decided to give the caller the benefit of the doubt and so advised them that I work in computer security. I was in the process of suggesting that perhaps there was a problem with their computer when they hung up on me.

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