|Reply : 27 Sep 2012|
This one is still about, my partner's parents (who aren't tech savvy, but have got themselves into the computer age just about) up in Scotland got called by 'Microsoft', told they had a virus, and that for £50, 'Microsoft' would guarentee they would never have a virus again. A good deal, they thought, and so paid up happily. Week or so passes, and they get another call, "Hi, I'm from Microsoft...I think somehow a scammer has gotten hold of your computer using a virus...oh, they called you? My gosh...that sounds like the scammer! But we are the real Microsoft, and for £100, we'll ensure you never get a virus again, and we will protect your computer from scammers so they cannot access your details". They ummed and ahhed about this one before telling my partner who facepalmed and got them to cancel their card.
They are a little shamefaced by the stern ticking off they got from their son, but luckily they only parted with £50 rather than more - the cheek of the scammer phoning back for more cash is insane! Definitely not cool targeting senior citizens either :(