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Unsolicited Phone Calls From Microsoft

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This morning I got a phone call from “Microsofttechnical support. My dad had answered the phone and passed it to me so I didn’t know who it was. The man said he was from Microsoft and I had an infection on my computer he would help me with. I don’t know why I didn’t hang up right away but I had only just gotten up and hadn’t even eaten yet or had my coffee. So I gave this guy my login information for my computer and I know it was likely a stupid thing to do but it’s done now. If I’d been awake longer I might have thought better of it. Anyhow, I was on the phone for nearly three quarters of an hour with this guy and he said he could fix the problem if I paid for a registry certificate that would be good for the next 17 years! Well it cost close to $400 and I just couldn’t believe this was legitimate. Anyway, long story short-I thanked the person for their “help” and hung up. I don’t have any credit cards because I’m in debt and said as much so the guy’s response was to ask my family! What?! Seriously?

By this point I was waking up mentally and the alarm bells were ringing in my head. It left me feeling very stressed after hanging up because I know it wasn’t good that I gave the guy access to my computer even if he didn’t get any money from me. I’m just worried still that something bad will happen. It really made me anxious. I hate when these things occur. Normally I don’t answer the phone if the number is not recognizable but my dad had answered so I was unaware of the caller-except for what they told me. These kinds of things stress me out a lot. I am still feeling anxious and the phone call was three hours ago.

I really hope my computer is okay and the guy didn’t do anything harmful to it whilst trying to “help” me. Maybe being unemployed and poor is good sometimes as I had no money to give the guy anyhow even if I did have credit cards. He even said I could use Paypal but I have little money so that was no better. Guess I am glad about that because I wasn’t really all that alert yet when on the phone. The overt request for money made me “wake up” in a hurry though. I hung up shortly after realizing what the phone call probably was-a scam.

Anyone else have phone calls like the one I had?

©Natalya, 2013.

 

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Author: Natalya

Blogging my thoughts and feelings about mostly mental health, meditation and spirituality(non religious). Hoping to connect with other interesting people in the blogosphere. *The name is Russian and is my pseudonym.

4 thoughts on “Unsolicited Phone Calls From Microsoft

  1. We had these calls not long ago,,,I immediately called the police and was told that it’s a scam to get your credit card numbers. Change all your passwords asap as they may be able to get into your banking info if you do online banking.

  2. Definitely a scam, no one (legally) is able to see whether your computer has a virus on it or not! So glad you didn’t give any payment details! I’d change all passwords just in case 🙂 It’s awful because a lot of people won’t realise that it’s anything dodgy! xx

    • Thanks! Yeah, I realized it was probably a scam when I hung the phone up and a few hours later read something online about the scam being a problem again (Microsoft scammers). They put a Trojan tracking virus on my computer but I managed to remove it.

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