Microsoft never cold call you

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https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx

 

 

“Avoiding technical support scams

Cybercriminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages. They might call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might also setup websites with persistent pop-ups displaying fake warning messages and a phone number to call and get the “issue” fixed. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following:

  • Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software.
  • Convince you to visit legitimate websites (like http://www.ammyy.com) to download software that will allow them to take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
  • Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
  • Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal or financial information there.

“Remember, Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication we have with you must be initiated by you.”

Below is more information on what to look out for with telephone and web pop-up scams and how to report them:

On this page:

Telephone support scams – What you need to know

Scam Pop-Ups: What You Need to Know

How to report tech support scams

How to protect yourself from tech support scams

What to do if you already gave information to a tech support person

Microsoft does not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer”

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