Today I received a call on my residential line and the caller identified himself as being from Microsoft Windows. I sensed a scam because someone from Microsoft would just say, I’m calling from Microsoft, so I played along. He asked if I had a computer running Microsoft Windows and I said no. I had an Apple Mac. He asked if I used it to connect to the internet and I said sure thing and he then said he was receiving reports that my computer was sending out viruses.
After hanging up on him, I did some research and found that this is one of the most recent types of scams that con artists are using to steal identity, credit cards, or to bill you for fake or worthless computer security service or maintenance.
How do they do it? They ask you for permission to access your computer and the person that is unaware of this type of tactic will simply give them the keys by allowing them to their computer, often asking for passwords and credit card numbers.
If you receive a call from someone telling you that you have a virus or that your computer is sending out malware – don’t fall for it! Use a reputable computer network security firm to protect your computers at home and the office.