Phone call from windows

  afandou 21:55 PM 11 Apr 11
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This evening I received a phone call from an Asian man claiming to be calling from 'windows'. Background noise certainly sounded like a busy call centre. He informed me that my computer was infected with a virus and they had received multiple messages from it.

I asked him if he worked for Microsoft and he kept insisting that he worked for 'windows'. He was able to say that I had windows XP SP3 installed and that it was 9 years old. He invited me to right click on 'My Computer', click manage,event viewer, and ACEE event log. This contained a list of 37 events that occurred over a period of 4 seconds this morning. He said that they had received a message about each one of these and went on to claim that my AV software wasn't working. He further stated that he would tell me how to fix this and that he wouldn't be charging anything. Due to my obvious scepticism he was becoming more and more agitated.

When he asked me to log onto google I told him that I wasn't going to log onto any website on the suggestion of a complete stranger ringing me out of the blue and hung up.

Does anyone know what's going on here?

  tullie 22:03 PM 11 Apr 11

Yes,its a scam that has been around for a long time,with varients.

  afandou 22:08 PM 11 Apr 11

Yes, but what happens if you are daft enough to play along?

  robin_x 22:08 PM 11 Apr 11

These are very common and widely discussed in forums.

Not enough on TV/radio/paapers in my opinion.

They often ask for credit card details too. Elderly are often caught out.

Just put the phone down, like you did. [Scams Search][1]

[1]: These are very common and widely discussed in forums. Not enough on TV/radio/paapers in my opinion. They often ask for credit card details too. Elderly are often caught out. Just put the phone down, like you did. http://www.google.co.uk/search?sclient=psy&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=Voj&rlz=1R1GGGLen_GB379&source=hp&q=windows+microsoft+virus+scams&asqdr=y&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=windows+microsoft+virus+scams&pbx=1

  lotvic 22:09 PM 11 Apr 11

Windows Scam

Just type the above into Google, Don't be fooled by these THIEVING CONMEN.

  robin_x 22:12 PM 11 Apr 11

Bloody link inserter.

If you are caught out, download and run Malwarebytes and your anti-virus scanner, Contact your bank if a Credit/Debit card number has been given.

Call for help here, if your scans don't work.

  afandou 08:58 AM 12 Apr 11
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I see. This one was completely new to me.

Thanks for the replies.

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