OK, there is a scam going around where you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from something like “Windows Technical Support” and they tell you that you have a corrupt computer, or you have downloaded a corrupt file or that you have viruses. Yes they phone you and tell you that there is a problem with your windows computer.
IT’S a SCAM don’t do anything they tell you to do and don’t give them any money. Do not let them have access to your computer and do not go to any web pages they want you to go to!!!!!!
And then to show you there is a problem they have you open the windows event viewer and they claim that warning signs and the errors shown in the event viewer means you have a virus. It doesn’t, those things are things like the last time your laptop couldn’t find your wireless network or you logged in and typed your password wrong. But because most people don’t know this they think the guy on the phone is actually helping them. Then they want you to give them a whole bunch of info, then they try to get you to pay them to “fix” your computer and then they load a bunch of malware on your system.
This scam has been going on for a while now, one blogger, jameswiseman.com has been tracking them since june last year and there are people who have posted about it from 2009. Another blogger posted about it here just this Feb (2011). Heck even Microsoft has a page about this scam.
So some things to think of, why would these people call me and how did they get my number? The guy is telling me I have a problem, how does he know? Can he get to my computer some how? OK he’s telling me that this thing on my computer tells him I have a virus, does it really? Do I trust him enough to give them any of my personal information? If you don’t know them, thank them for informing you of the problem and get someone you know to look at it for you and only trust someone you know to touch your computer.
This one was funny because they called and got my wife who doesn’t know that much about computers. But she uses one of our Linux system. So my wife knew right off something was wrong and she called me. Apparently the the guy on the phone didn’t know what Lucid Puppy was or he would have hung up right there.
Anyway, be safe out there.