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Monday, July 30, 2012

Beware of Microsoft Telephone Support Scams

The Olympian this morning had an interesting article about Microsoft telephone support scams.

The scams works like this: you receive a call from someone who claims to be Microsoft technician. The technician offers to help you fix a virus on your computer but you first must give up personal and credit card information to verify you copy of Microsoft windows. Once they gain access to your personal information, the criminals will attempt to steal from you or harm your computer.

Avoid these scams

Microsoft does not send unsolicited email messages or make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information or fix your computer.

If you receive an unsolicited email message or phone call that purports to be from Microsoft and requests that you send personal information or click links, delete the message or hang up the phone.

Treat all unsolicited phone calls and emails with skepticism. Do not provide any personal information.

For more information on these and other scams, visit Microsoft’s website