I just happened to be at my home this morning…and I just happened to answer our home phone.
Yep, we still have one, but it doesn’t ring much.
This call was from a “Microsoft partner” and they received information from a “centralized server that my computer had critical errors”.
Well, normally I’d tell them they are full of it and move on, but this time I decided to play along.
To be clear, the caller ID showed the following:
The first person I spoke with was a woman, not from the USA.
Difficult to understand, hard to hear as the connection was bad…probably as it was from overseas.
My initial thought was I’d pretend I used a Mac and ask how they could get this indication, but I changed that.
She had me look at my keyboard an tell her what was to the right of the Ctrl key.
I told her the “fun” key.
This confused her.
Eventually we go to the Windows key and she had me pull up the Event Viewer.
She then showed me all of the scare warnings.
She then handed me off to a higher level guy who had the same accent and poor connection.
He then wanted me to go to a “website”.
He gave me a google shortcut of:
Don’t go there as it actually downloads something from showmypc.com so they can then remote into your computer
I didn’t download the file and then asked pointed questions. The guy got defensive and rather that back down or hang up tried to tell me I’m the idiot.
I told him I’d be happy to keep talking with him as it prevents him from scamming another person.
He eventually got tired of it and moved on.
Do NOT fall for this.
There is NO centralized server that then has somebody call you when there is an error on your computer.
It is a scam.