There's an IT Support phone scam been going around for a few years, but I never had that phone call and was wondering why I'd been left out.
Today it came, calloo callay*!
Long distance phone call, strong Indian accent: This is name-of-company (hard to hear), we are IT Suppport professionals licensed by Microsoft and are calling to tell you that your computer has been spreading a virus on the internet for the last 20 days.
Me: (thinking, at last the lying scumbag thieves have phoned me) what is the name of your company again?
him: we are licensed Microsoft IT professionals and are phoning you about your computer
me: I'm sorry, was it Redoubt? You said it very quickly
him: You are more interested in the name of the company than in spreading viruses for the last 20 days?
me: Yes, please repeat the name of your company.
He rang off! Can you believe that! I only got a few seconds into it, and he'd rudely rung off!
Now I'll have to wait for them to phone again, so I can really waste their time by pretending to go to any of the four Macs here, pretending to find "Windows Event Viewer" and so on.
It amazes me that anyone at all savvy could really believe that Microsoft's (alleged) IT support would have the telephone numbers of all their licensees, AND be monitoring their on-line activities. All billions of them.
It has just occurred to me while typing this, that since the majority of people here are in the USA, you mightn't as aware of this as I'm assuming?http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/18/phone-scam-india-call-centreshttp://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/phone-scammers-target-pc-users-with-phony-virus-reports/4198
* ©Lewis Carroll