Thursday, 23 August 2012

Quick warning

This is nothing to to with my earlier post, but I have had a phone call purporting to be from Windows about a potential virus.  The caller informed me that my computer was under threat and that he would 'talk me' through a quick procedure to prevent this.
I asked  him the name of his company.  He mumbled, I asked for their phone number and he replied "sit at your computer and just quickly answer these questions".  Whereupon I hung up.
 I immediately dialed 1471 but the number had been withheld.
I then went upstairs and turned my computer off at the mains for an hour.
Over cautious, maybe, maybe but this I am sure is a scam.
Apart from anything else, windows updates remotely and requires no input from users.
Don't get caught!

4 comments:

  1. Yes it is a scam - well done you for not falling for it.

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  2. Thanks TS. My arm was aching from patting myself on the back. You've saved me the necessity.
    Took my mind of the spider too.

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  3. Quick thinking, Ray. These blighters can be very convincing...

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  4. I'm a natural cynic Perpetua, and these days with all the warnings 'out there' I take every approach from an unknown with a very large ladle of salt.

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