Microsoft Scammers "fixing computers" once again

Reblogger Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

These people are called "Ransom Hijackers" according to my favorite IT guy, whom I totally trust. The didn't call me, but did get a pop-up on my laptop and it almost all went downhill to HELL after that. I didn't get ripped off, but learned a valuable lesson. Bob Crane goes on to explain the various ways that they can do this to YOU. BE careful!!!!! It's rampant!!!

(This reminds me of what so-called investors/loan people did to the elderly during the downturn in the economy to steal their homes out from underneath them). 

Original content by Bob Crane #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

Microsoft Scammers "fixing computers" once again 

Well after getting three calls from these helpful hackers this week I think that it may be a good time to revive an old post that I wrote a few years ago.

I hope none of you fell for this crew of helpful hackers when they called to offer you a little bit of assistance.
If you did then this would be a good time to cancel all of your credit cards and change all of your paswords.




Microsoft is hiring people to help fix my computer, or is it my bank account?


  I got a few calls lately from a fellow who was barely understandable due to an extreme accent, saying something about being hired by Microsoft to fix my computer.


  Apparently he had some type of knowledge that my computer had been infected by a virus that all of the virus checking software could not detect, but Microsoft knew that I had it.


    If you are going to run a scam, rule #1, dont say that you are working for Microsoft, anyone who has windows knows that although they make great software, they never answer the phone, and certainly wouldnt be out calling the public to warn them or help them with a computer problem.


  The first time he called about a month ago I was rather busy so I asked him if he thought that I was crazy or just an idiot, which prompted another round of jabbering something that I could not understand before I hung up.


  Well this past week, he called again, this time I was ready for a distraction and a bit of fun.


  So I listened very carefully and asked him to repeat a lot of things until I could figure out what he was talking about, knowing that the more time he spent on the phone with me would be saving some nieve fool from getting ripped today.


  Eventually he walked me through how to look at the event log in the windows registry, I dont reccommend that you let a con-man take you into the system of your computer unless you are very good a knowing what can be harmed and how.


  While in the event log, we found many instances of warnings and errors (they are always there), of course he used these as evidence of my computer being infected, as he had said from the beginning.


  Next he wanted me to go to the run menu and punch in a web address where my problems could be fixed.


  Well now that he finally gave me some true identity info on himself (his web address), now it was time to play dumb while he thought I was doing the foolish things that he was telling me, I was googling his web address.


  As I suspected, it was a phishing scam, asking me to allow them access to my computer's system so that their techicians could clean out my virus problems.  More likely so that their technicians could clean out my bank account and then go for a bit of identity theft.


  I could only imagine the look on his face when I told him that the FBI had a warning out on their company and would be making arrests soon and that he should start running Now.


  Unfazed, he went on to send me to several websites that he thought would convince me that they were legitimate, unfortunately for him, everytime that he gave me a website, instead of typing it into the address bar, I typed it into google where instead of the glowing praise that was probably on the sites they had set up, I found more warnings about their company.


  Eventually, after reading a half dozen of these warnings to him, he finally hung up the phone, hopefully to start fleeing from the FBI, but probably on to the next mark on his call list, hopefully the next one will waste some more of his time, and not be an easy victim.


  With the amount of time and effort that they spent on me, and no doubt thousands of others, I wonder how much they need to steal from the few marks that they actually fool into doing their bidding in order to make a living at this.


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  • by Don Hankins



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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Thanks for this reblog, Gayle. There are so many things to be concerned about with regard to Internet security and spreading the word to educate others is so important. Too bad these folks can't do something productive with their talents!


Jan 09, 2017 07:11 AM #1
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 No matter how many times I warn my Dad about these people, he always seems to fall to their ploy, then blames technology for his own failure to be vigilant. These scammers are predators.

Jan 09, 2017 07:51 AM #2
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

It never ends, does it? Thanks for bringing scams to our attention. Vigilence!


Jan 09, 2017 08:16 AM #3
Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed., MRP
525 Realty Group - Edmond, OK
Buy and Sell with Confidence

Thank you for sharing Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905  Can never have too much of this type of information.  I'll have to swing by Bob's post and thank him as well (:

Jan 09, 2017 01:16 PM #4
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

I got another one of those calls just last night. I suppose I could have some fun with them if I felt like it, but usually I don't have the time or inclination. I just hang up.

Jan 09, 2017 01:37 PM #5
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Thank you for the re-blog Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, unfortunately, they get many people with their scams, if you can reach just one person with this post, it was a great day.

Jan 09, 2017 01:50 PM #6
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Gayle - I got a call from one of those jerks last fall, and just laughed at him. Like, yeah, "Microsoft is watching my computer, and volunteering to fix it" could possibly correspond to reality. It's hard enough to get their attention when something really is wrong.

Jan 09, 2017 02:15 PM #7
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh, Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 that just makes my blood boil! I had friends who fell for this and they are very smart people. It cost them lots of money, and it came to a point where they ended up having to buy a whole new computer. can happen to any of us, older, younger, wise and savvy. 

No Lottie Kendall  it doesn't. But, if I had listened to my gut and my pounding heart, I would have hung up instantly! 

Alesha A. Wilson that would be great! And you're right, I don't think you can have too much of this sage advice.

Marte Cliff I'd LOVE to hear what you would do to put their tails in a twist! Oh, do tell!!

That would be a great day.  You're so right, Beth Atalay !!

Jan 09, 2017 03:44 PM #8
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Dick Greenberg the weird thing was that they didn't call me, I just had my computer freeze up with this pop up thing that said it was FB, my this, my that...I had just stepped away from the computer and came back to that moments later. It freaked me out, actually! Glad you laughed at them. They must have tried calling me back 7 or 8 times. 

Jan 09, 2017 03:45 PM #9
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for spreading the word Gayle, unfortunately some people continue to fall for this scam every day.

Jan 09, 2017 05:03 PM #10
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Gayle... simply amazing how long this scam has been around and keeps resurrecting itself. Fortunately, I'm aware and have not fallen for it. But I can see where many people would.

Jan 10, 2017 09:32 AM #11
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have gotten these calls in the past and knew immediately it was a scam. Nobody messes with my computers but me, my assistant and the Geeks.

Jan 11, 2017 06:39 AM #12
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