Someone saying they were from Microsoft called me saying I had an infected computer. He had me download software from this site »www.ammyy.com/. The software if followed would have allowed someone to gain access to my computer. I hung up. I have two computers behind a router and neither are showing any signs of an infection. Has any one else had a call like this? TIA
I was reading an article not too long ago suggesting that such tactics were a good sign with respect to Microsoft improving their security.
I got such a call and was amused by the entire thing. So I messed with the guy for a while. Eventually I told the guy that I knew what he was trying to do and that I run only OS X and Linux,....then started to laugh. He just used some obscenity and hung up. It really was funny.
Another variation of the scam has the 'employee' locking out the PC and holding it for ransom. Pay us $x dollars or you don't get your PC back. In many cases it is hundreds of dollars to get the PC 'back' - on top of any key logger, malware they might load up... -- Brian
"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain
I had that phone call gtom microsoft,, that I was spamming or junk mailing or something. I told him that I didn't have a computer... and maybe it was my expensive refrigerator. It cost so much it maybe it has a computer in it. He was laughing.
Always keep it simple. Microsoft and other reputable software makers will never cold-call a computer user about a purported virus problem or infection. Neither will they send a user a similarly-focused, unsolicited eMail containing clickable links or call-back phone numbers.
When in doubt, separately call the organization back or visit its website using a phone number or URL that has been independently obtained via known-legitimate printed materials from the organization and verify that the issue really exists. -- "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!" -- P.Henry, 1775
Microsoft? Man even if the legitimate real deal MS called you they probably wouldn't talk to you until you paid as 25 dollar service fee. So the fact they were willing to talk to you without first charging you proves it was a scam.
Like two years ago I got tasked with cleaning up a Virut infection on a client's network. Luckily it was only like 20 computers, but on the day after the big cleanup, this client got a call from "Microsoft" saying that they were infected with the evil Event Viewer virus.