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Scam Alert! Microsoft Calling?

Tonight marks the 5th client in the past 2 weeks to have fallen victim to "Microsoft Tech Support Calling" scam. If you haven't heard of this yet, you are one of the lucky few. Please make yourself aware by reading the two links at the bottom of this post. 

These scammers are diligent and smart. They sound legit and make it seem, to even the most wary user, that they are indeed with Microsoft or some form of Microsoft support. They will call your house and they will scare you into thinking your pc is slow or infected. They will offer to fix everything over the phone after you type a quick code into a web browser to give them full control. There are different methods I have seen in play so far. Some ask for a credit card to pay for their service, then they "fix" your pc. Others just bypass that completely and use their time to grab as much personal info as they can.

Please tell everyone you know. The older we get, the more embarrassing it can be to admit that you have fallen victim to scams such as these. Please make sure if you have had someone access your computer remotely like this to do a full scan and make sure your antivirus software is running and up to date. If you feel your banking information has been compromised, please contact your banking facility and ask them to put a credit alert on your account. You might even want to contact Experian, Transunion and Equifax and have them add alerts as well. It's always better to be safe than sorry. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 406-771-0022. 

-Michele

http://articles.philly.com/2013-09-24/news/42326712_1_computer-tech-virus-phone-number

http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/msname.aspx

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