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If you get a call from this number   005167172092 IGNORE

It is a scam. They claim to be MICROSOFT VIRUS CENTER.

Do not give out personal information

 Recent method to prove they are “legitimate” is to tell you a registry
CLSID which happens to be the same on all Windows Computers. Yet it does sound
very official.

 

The scam works by criminals posing as computer security engineers and calling people at home to tell them they are at risk of a computer security threat. The scammers tell their victims they are providing free security checks and add authenticity by claiming to represent legitimate companies and using telephone directories to refer to their victims by name.

Once they have tricked their victims into believing they have a problem and that the caller can help, the scammers are believed to run through a range of deception techniques designed to steal money.

 

The following is Microsoft’s advice:

  • Be suspicious of unsolicited calls related to a security problem, even if they claim to represent a respected company.

  • Never provide personal information, such as credit card or bank details, to an unsolicited caller.

  • Do not go to a website, type anything into a computer, install software or follow any other instruction from someone who calls out of the blue.

  • Take the caller’s information down and pass it to the authorities.

  • Use up-to-date versions of Windows and application software.

  • Make sure security updates are installed regularly.

  • Use a strong password and change it regularly.

  • Make sure the firewall is turned on and that antivirus software is installed and up to date.

  • Microsoft Security Essentials is a free antivirus product and is available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx.

 

This was going around a while ago and now back in full swing of course the number has been reported and as usual nothing has been done.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.