January 15, 2011
Niles Nerd

Phone Scam Making Its Way Through Lethbridge (and other communities)

[Thanks to Lethbridge Nerd Trever Hollihan for this post]

Here’s a current phone scam making it’s way through Lethbridge right now. I’ve had two concerned callers about this and I thought I’d better share it.
According to the report (from The Guardian) below, this scam is based out of India.
“The scam always starts the same way: the phone rings at someone’s home, and the caller – usually with an Indian accent – asks for the householder, quoting their name and address before saying “I’m calling for Microsoft. We’ve had a report from your internet service provider of serious virus problems from your computer.”
Dire forecasts are made that if the problem is not solved, the computer will become unusable.”
This is a scam, and the unsuspecting victim(s) they could be in for a world for trouble and be out money. Please share this post with your family and friends and urge them to share it. That will help prevent them from being conned out of money for problems that don’t exist.
Here is more information on it from The Guardian.
Two of my clients have had a phone calls claiming that their [computer] have been infected and [the scammers would] love to teach the client how to clean it off themselves [remotely]. I’m thinking [the scammers] have something that runs in the background. Scary stuff.
After talking with other Nerds, the scam targets different areas until the local authorities catch wind of it. The scam then moves on to a different area.

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