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Microsoft rang to warn about system crash? Scam surely?


buel

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Hi, a friend has just yold me that, apparently, Microsoft rang him last week to say his 'system is about to crash'! He hung up on them but still thinks it was genuine as they had his number, address, name etc! I've told him it was a scam but he is still insisting on wiping his system this weekend! Any thoughts please?

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gengiscant

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Of course its a scam!!!!

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buel

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ha ha, yes i know that but id like to know how they were able to know his details?

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tullie

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Heard of the Electoral Roll?And even the phone book etc,etc.

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buel

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Thanks for the sarcy reply- yes of course i've heard of it! I suppose i should change my question to is it a common scam?

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iscanut2

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Yes..It is fairly common. There have been postings here previously on the subject.

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onthelimit1

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Seven people from my (small) village have called me recently to ask if it was a genuine call! May be they swamp numbers on a local exchange one at a time.

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ams4127

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It's very common. I had one a couple of weeks ago and, when I asked him what Microsoft had to do with Linux, he surprisingly hung up!

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ventanas

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Had quite a few of these. I just get very personal about their parentage and hang up.

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bob dob

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hi, another friend recently had a box pop up in the bottom left hand of the screen stating that his 'Computer needs updating'+when he clicked it it requested payment. Please may i ask is this a common one+is it malware?

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bremner

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Yes to both

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