How long before this scam crosses the pond?
Short lesson: as with email, don't trust any unknown tech support minion who calls out of the blue. I mean, think about it: how would Microsoft know what your phone number is?
PC Pro: They take mere hours to set up and they’re near impossible to shut down: a pernicious new type of scam is targeting British computer owners.
The con is both fiendishly clever and ridiculously simple. The fraudster cold-calls the customer and tells them that Microsoft has detected a virus on their PC, then invites them to download a piece of remote-assistance software. No doubt reassured by the lines of indecipherable code flitting across their screen, the caller assures the customer they can make the virus vanish – but first, of course, they want payment. £185 to be precise. CONTINUED