Microsoft Ain’t Gonna Call You

By | April 7, 2016
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Microsoft Ain’t Gonna Call You

Every week, every single week without fail we get an email from someone who was bilked out of hundreds of dollars by scammers posting as Microsoft employees. They use various tactics to get you to allow them to connect to your computer. The number one way they convince users to allow them to connect to their computers is by telling them that their computer is infected with malware and spreading malware and spam all across the internet. Of course, they are counting on people assuming that Microsoft has a finger on everything and every computer on the internet… but that is not even close to true.

They will run fake scans showing hundreds of so-called malware, trojans, cookies, and rogues. These are fake, but people are gullible and panic and before you know it the scammer has the person’s credit card number. And once the person has been bilked, the scammer will run another fake scan showing that the malware mess has been cleaned up.

Microsoft ain’t gonna call you, I tells ya!

Another favorite way they trick users is by telling them their computer is on the verge of ruin and it needs to be fixed…and guess who can fix it. They convince people that their computers are in bad shape by opening the Windows Event Viewer and scrolling down a list of events until they come to bunch of red “critical” errors and yellow warnings. When the uninformed computer user sees all the errors they want them fixed. And if you pay these crooks, every error will be fixed. How? They simply clear the event logs – then go back and say “See? All your errors have been fixed”. It’s a scam. And giving these people your credit card number is like taking 3 or 4 hundred dollar bills and throwing them into the toilet and flushing them down into the sewer.

The Event viewer is ALWAYS going to show some critical errors and some yellow warnings. This is normal. Most of these are temporary events that were logged as they happened but are temporary and not “critical” despite their name. The Event Viewer is a tool that some legit computer techs use to troubleshoot computer problems. But unless someone has cleared the Event Viewer logs, you’re going to see some critical (red) errors and (yellow) warnings – if your computer shows no critical events and no warnings then you’re one in ten million.

See? Here are some “critical” errors in my Event viewer…and my computer is running very well and is well maintained. I

No legitimate company or person is going to call you out of the clear blue sky and tell you that your computer is infected or that you have serious problems that could ruin your computer. If anyone calls you out of the blue tell them you don’t have internet, tell them you don’t have a computer, tell them anything but DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO CONNECT TO YOUR COMPUTER. NEVER. NEVER. NEVER.

Please don’t be a victim of a telephone scam. No one legitimate is going to call you out of the blue and tell you that your computer is full of malware, or that your computer is sending malware & spam all over the internet, or your computer is in bad shape and needs to be fixed.

You can call law enforcement, but most of these scammers aren’t from the same country as you are – therefore local law enforcement can’t do you much good.

The best way to protect yourself is to hang up on scammers, tell them you don’t have a computer, tell them you don’t have internet, tell them you’re still using a Commodore 64…tell them anything but DO NOT LET THEM CONNECT TO YOUR COMPUTER AND DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER.

NEVER. NEVER. NEVER.

Microsoft ain’t going to call you!

 

9 thoughts on “Microsoft Ain’t Gonna Call You

  1. Margaret Neilson

    I have fun with these guys and they end up by hanging up on me.
    My son makes a living as a programmer and other things he can do.
    I tell them that if something is wrong with their computers that I will
    get my son to help them out and ask them if they can pay 80.00 per hour.
    I have other ways of teasing them also.

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  2. Y. Jackson

    I’ve gotten this call at least once a month for the past year or so. Just last week, I told the man that I like all of the problems on my computer; I enjoy them, and I don’t want to change a thing, then thanked him for calling and hung up!

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  3. Susan P Flaherty

    Very good information. I got 3 calls from someone I had hard time listening to the person & told her I don’t own a PC & that she had the wrong number. 10-15 minutes later I got another one this time it was a man. I just hung up. Then a week later I got another call as I recognized the phone number
    This time I didn’t bother to answer the phone.

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  4. Wendy

    The scam phone call is STILL going on. If they weren’t having any success, it would have stopped. I find, answer the call, find out who is calling and hang up. You don’t have to engage in conversation. Even better do not have your number listed.

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    1. Charlene Roberts

      Good morning Wendy ,
      I have an unlisted # and still get these calls . Ones I hate say they are from Dell and I say Don’t have a computer or just let my ans phone pick up and they stop the calls for about a week then they start all over . There is no end to all of it no matter what you do .

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  5. David G. Wilson

    It is really a shame that people are still being taken in by these scammers. I just have a lot of fun with them if I answer the phone. I ask them exactly that, why should Microsoft be doing me any favours by calling me, then when they ask me to turn on my computer I ask them to hold on while I do it and just leave the phone standing until they hang up.

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  6. Dawn Campbell

    I can’t believe people still fall for these things! I NEVER open or answer anything that I don’t know where it’s coming from. If it’s legit the people will get a hold of me some other way!! Let it go to voice mail or mark it as spam WITHOUT opening! And I am a 74 year old super smart senior!

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  7. Arnie

    Good Morning from Nova Scotia folks. I’ve been getting these call also but as EB & TC have told us in the past, …… just hang up. It’s just that simple, BUT recently I have been told that I’m infected when I attempt to play solitaire on the computer and the only way to turn it of is to turn the computer off and try again, BUT I still get the same warning; guess I’ll have to get my wife to play the game with me. HA HA. hell may freeze over first.

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    1. infoave Post author

      Sound like you have a bit of malware or a PUP going on there. You should do a deep scan of your computer with Emsisoft. You should not get any warnings when you open Solitaire.

      Thanks!

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