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Bogus Microsoft People

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    Bogus Microsoft People


    Some individuals a calling saying they are from Microsoft Tech and you have a virus or such on your computer and you need to buy their firewall program for $300.00. or your computer will no longer work. This is just a scam and they tried it on my grandson in Tenn. I told him not to talk to them and do not get anything from them. I connected with his computer, and found nothing wrong. Just wanted to say how this gets my gal when idiots call up and get unsuspecting people all upset with their crap.

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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    We get called with that scam 2 or 3 times a year. You should hear the deafening silence when I tell them "we don't own a computer".
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    Southern California
    Posts : 788
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    We get called with that scam 2 or 3 times a year. You should hear the deafening silence when I tell them "we don't own a computer".
    People like you make scammers have to work so much harder...

    And make people like me crack a smile
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    We get called with that scam 2 or 3 times a year. You should hear the deafening silence when I tell them "we don't own a computer".
    People like you make scammers have to work so much harder...

    And make people like me crack a smile
    It gets them every time, they just don't know what to say. They either hang up right away or reply "You don't own a computer?". We say no and they hang up. Its so much fun turning the tables on them. I had a friend fall for it though. I spent the better part of a day restoring her PC back to the factory reset. I managed to save all her documents and pictures. She did smell a rat and eventually figured out what they were up to. Unfortunately not before they got access to her laptop. Lesson learned for her.
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    Southern California
    Posts : 788
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    I got a call from a bank telling me that I owed such and such on interest on my account. Seeing right through it, I told them (yelled out) that I was well aware of my financial situation and hung up. They proceeded to call right back and insist. Happened like 3 or 4 times, they just wouldn't leave me alone. I was frustrated, to say the least (because they kept calling again and again).

    Finally, I turned my phone off and proceeded to the BBQ I was headed to at a family house. As I walked inside, a bunch of smiling faces greeted me and my sister exclaimed, "I hear you owe a bunch on interest on your bank account!"

    Jerks.
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    Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 653
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I get them on a regular basis, it depends how much time I have whether I just tell them I know there are errors, there always will be error messages in Event viewer or just tell them I have a Mac, that last one usually makes them put the phone down quick.
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    I am Woman! Hear Me Roar!
    NJ
    Posts : 1,116
    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3


    I let them talk then tell them "i do not own a computer, i only have an ipad" and they never call back 😉
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    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    I love winding them up , I usually work from home , so I take a break , sit down and start asking stupid questions.

    They ask me to turn on my computer , my response is , 'hold on' <puts phone down for a few minutes> , come back after making a tea , 'I've done that but the TV thing isn't doing anything' , etc etc.....you get the idea.....

    Eventually they twig what's going on and most hang up....
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    Posts : 55
    windows 8.1 pro


    i let them " install " there stuff to my computer " in Virtual box " so it never touch's my system and when they are showing me all stuff that they want to. then i use my hot key's to exit out of the vbox and delete that " image " and i am like " my box thingy is blinking only 1 light "
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    My aunt fell for this scam (twice). She's convinced that they are legitimate and she pays them monthly to keep her PC "clean". She's too dumb to have a computer... I have given up on her, she's convinced that she knows more than the rest of us...
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