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    All about Tech Support Scams

    by  • April 11, 2014 • Tech • 0 Comments

    unpacked-logoYou hear those stories about someone calling claiming they’re from Microsoft and that they’ve “found a problem on your computer” and are here to help. To be honest, I didn’t put much faith into those stories. I mean, really? Do people actually get those calls? Well, earlier this year I was sitting in a colleague’s office, someone on our tech staff, when her cell rang and she answered it. She quickly put it on speaker so I could hear the caller. It was someone claiming to be from Microsoft wanting to help her with a problem on her computer. She let him go on for about five minutes, not actually doing anything he said to do, before hanging up. Yes folks, these calls are real. And no, they are not calling to help you.

    Last week I was pointed to a great page from Mallwarebytes titled “Tech Support Scams – Help & Resource Page“. This is a great recourse you can use to familiarize yourself with these sorts of scams and to point others to in order to educate them to spot and ignore these scams.

    For example:

    Cold Call

    Usually from India and operating out of boiler rooms, these scammers call people in the U.S, Canada, the UK, and Australia whom they find in the phone directory.

    The scam is straightforward: pretend to be calling from Microsoft, gain remote control of the machine, trick the victim with fake error reports and collect the money.

    If you ever get a call from a Microsoft or Windows tech support agent out of the blue, the best thing to do is simply hang up. Scammers like to use VoIP technology so their actual number and location are hidden. Their calls are almost free which is why they can do this 24/7.

    …and the specific techniques they use:

    The Task Manager (CPU ‘spikes’)

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    falseThese spikes are dangerous for your PC’s health. Just like your heart rate, they should not go up. Your PC could suffer some irreparable damage.

    trueWhen your PC is active, you will see the CPU usage go up and down constantly. What would not be good is if the CPU was pegged at 100% utilization all of the time. This is not the case here.

    Even if you know what you’re doing, this is a wonderful page to read and share.

    Finding love on SlideShare

    by  • June 28, 2013 • Fun • 0 Comments

    I wouldn’t normally post something like this but I found the use of “I found you on SlideShare” just too funny. Nice to meet you. My name is miss Maureen,how are you today, i just went through your profile at (slideshare.net) when i was searching for love, I have no other options than letting...

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    It seems the FBI is looking out for my wallet

    by  • June 22, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crime Division. Federal Bureau of Investigation. J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington Dc Customers Service Hours / Monday to Saturday Office Hours Monday to Saturday: Attn: Beneficiary, This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly Investigated with the...

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    The FBI wants to help me….

    by  • February 10, 2008 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    …get my money from Nigeria! Check this out: Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division. Federal Bureau Of Investigation. J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington D.C Tel: 1-206-666-6052 or 206-350-2807 Fax: Tel: 1-206-666-6052 or 206-350-2807 Attn: Beneficiary, This is to Officially Inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly Investigated by the...

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