No, you are not a Microsoft employee, no I don’t have a virus and by the way, you are definitely talking to the wrong people

This is a must read… I know several people that this has happened to where they allowed the caller (or criminal) take over their computer with the intent of taking their money (via a credit card). On one occasion, the victim suspected something was not right and the criminal cursed at them and intentionally messed up their PC so bad that the OS had to be re-installed. I tell people, “do not do phone solicitations, no matter what”…

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Ironically I’ve seen warnings from other techs like Dawn, Mickey and more of my IT peers about fake Microsoft calls. Today, I got the pleasure of speaking with one.

When these people call you, they will identify themselves as a Microsoft employee or some other prominent company.   Microsoft will notcall you to tell you that your computer is running slow or that it is infected with malware/virus.

Within one minute of talking with this individual, he wanted to take control of my computer.  Knowing what was taking place, we have virtual computers in controlled labs that would be perfect for this caller.  With the help of Pat and Nathan, we fired up a virtual computer and kept talking to the individual.

Note:  The virtual computer was in a controlled environment.   The computer had Windows 10 Technical Preview installed and had no viruses or malware.  The virtual machine had 2 gigabytes…

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