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Forum topic by MrRon posted 10-01-2018 08:16 PM 390 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrRon

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10-01-2018 08:16 PM

I received a phone call informing me I had a refund coming to me. I went along for a few minutes until I realized it was all a scam. The person on the phone (Indian accent naturally) told me I had $299 owed me due to an overcharge by Microsoft for security software that was tacked on to my MS account. I believe Microsoft does not contact people by phone or internet When I said I wanted to end, he referred me to his supervisor who repeated the same things. I tried to end the connection, but they had controlled my computer and I couldn’t shut it down. I finally pulled the plug on the computer, restarted and all is well. The phone call originated from the Washington, DC area. As soon as they ask for personal information, you know it’s a scam.


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GaryCK

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#1 posted 10-01-2018 10:39 PM

What did they do to take control of your computer?

I trust you’ve run virus, malware and rootkit scans since restarting? If they had control of your computer, they could have loaded malware onto it.

Thanks for the heads up.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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AlaskaGuy

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#2 posted 10-01-2018 10:46 PM

How did they get control of your computer?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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lumbering_on

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#3 posted 10-01-2018 10:50 PM

These scams are usually done using a the built-in RDP in Windows, or using software such as Teamviewer. The rule is never ever let anyone have access to your computer – unless you know how to use a VM and how to have fun with them.

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Waldo88

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#4 posted 10-02-2018 02:04 PM

Umm, how did people on the phone have your IP address?

Did you click call me on one of those malicious “Windows alerts” that pop up occasionally when surfing porn?

Bad people have your phone # (which means they also have your name/address/email/birthday/possibly SSN) and have linked it to your IP address. You really need a new IP address ASAP because you can assume everything you do online has been compromised.

Never, ever, ever, ever let anyone link a phone # to an IP address.

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