I received a call from "Edward". The incoming telephone number was displayed as 0000. I couldn't understand a word Edward was saying due to his thick Indian accent. I was very suspect that this was some sort of scam. I asked for a call back number. After several attempts, the number given was 855-539-4923, not 4924. He said just ask for Edward. Yeah, that's what I'm going to do. Edward called back 2 minutes later and said I should ask for Cody as he was leaving soon.
SCAM! A man with a thick Indian accent advised that he was calling from "Technical Support with Microsoft" He called my non-tech savvy sister and she passed the phone to me. I asked the guy if he was calling as an actual employee of Microsoft, he pretended not to hear me the first two times I asked. He then said "Yes, yes I am". He then rattled off that there was a serious security risk with my computer and he wanted to help by offering me free downloads to "take care of the problem" I asked how he got my sisters number, and he answered "she is a registered user of Microsoft Windows". I said fine, verify for me which version is she using? He then proceeded to interrupt me (obviously knowing that I wasn't a good mark). My sister does not have the software in her name, and never has. I got a call back number from the man 855-539-4924. I did research, and it seems that this is a heavily common ploy in the past couple of weeks. DO NOT give them info and DO NOT download anything that you are given over the phone from a stranger. My guess is that the software is used as a remote, to get information from your hard drive, bank info etc.
Just got a call from "Sam" ext 1003 for this fun game, said computer would end the known world or some such silliness, and I played along for a few minutes just to see what they would say. "Sam" had all the computer knowledge of a spider monkey, so even if it was true, that my computer was destroying the matrix or whatever, this is NOT the guy I would let fix it. Very nice of them to entertain me for free for a few minutes. Hope "SAM" gets eaten by a tiger for attempting to rob me.
2/19/14 Just received a call from 855-539-4924 from a William Parker (Indian accent) who said he was from Microsoft Windows and I have been hacked.....yada yada. He wanted me to turn on my PC and let him in. I said let me check you out...too many fake calls like this happening. When I googled the number, I got the answer thanks to this website! Be on the lookout folks!
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I received a like type call from the "Windows Technical Support Team" name of "Martin" extension #1004,
Phone: 1-855-539-4924. Said my PC was infected and wanted me to boot up my PC so he could show me how to inspect it for the alleged malware. I asked him how he knew my PC was infected and he said the "server" I had last connected to :told them" that my PC had the virus. When I asked him what my name was, he gave my full name, address and phone number.
I asked him for a name and number to return a call at a later time and he gave the "855" number above.
This is obviously a scam of some sort.
Scammers with thick Indian accents claiming to be from "The Technical Services Department of Microsoft Windows" calling to inform you that your computer is riddled with viruses and basically fubar'ed unless you let them "help" you.
They attempt to coerce you into downloading remote-desktop software giving them control over your computer for god knows what.
I played dumb out of boredom and indulged my curiosity whilst a scholarly gentlemen by the name of "Edward" told me that my computer was essentially one error away from creating the next chernobyl disaster. Edward, or "Eddie" as I referred to him much to his chagrin, tried coaxing me into punching in various download links by spelling out the address as though I were five, (T for Tom, E for Emily, A for Andrew, M for Mike, etc.). Obviously this method fails in its attempt to bypass the natural filter of 'common-sense', but I guess it must have managed to befuddle and trip up the odd Darwin candidate or they wouldn't stick to the playbook.
After a 15 minute struggle with my preordained ignorance he told me he had to end the call, but would call me back within the hour - and never did. Men, right?
Anyway, It was an exercise in futility, but a funny one.
For what it's worth, my caller said I could call him back if I had any more trouble, and to ask for him by name.
If anyone's feeling curious or prankster-minded, say hi to Edward for me.