My mom got a call today from some guy with a strong East Indian accent who was calling from a blocked number and said he was from Windows Tech Support. He told her that hackers had tried to access her computer and wanted to something something something. He gave her a number he said she could call to verify he was for real.
I don’t know exactly where he was going with his scam because she hung up on him like I had told her to do. I googled the number and it is associated with a number of scams over the past few years. Then I googled “windows tech support scam” and discovered numerous articles.
WINDOWS TECH SUPPORT WILL NEVER CALL YOU AT HOME!
Someone tried a different scam on our friend Helen recently but she didn’t fall for it. Unfortunately, lots of people do fall for these scams, and for various reasons the cops aren’t particularly interested in doing anything about it.
A simple policy is to screen calls and don’t call back anyone you don’t know. If a stranger calls the odds are it’s a telemarketer, a bill collector or a scammer.
Don’t be a victim!
This is an open thread.
PS: I had two teeth pulled today. The vicoden and beer are just starting to kick in.