Scam: ''Microsoft'' fraudsters may call you, claiming you have a computer virus

Scam: ''Microsoft'' fraudsters may call you, claiming you have a computer virus
- I got a call from "Microsoft" today, says Anders Øverli.

- They were polite and I talked to a boss who explained to me that it had been reporting a problem with my PC. I wondered who had reported this, but I got no satisfactory answer, other than that I had to log in to my PC and look for some numbers, he continued.

All computers in his home were "infected", but as Øverli was at work, he asked them to call back later. However, that would not "Microsoft" do, and instead they then threatened to block his computer if he did not understand how serious the problem was.

- I googled and found an article. It's the same scam I was tried exposed to. The fraud is still ongoing.

DinSide has written about the Microsoft scam since 2011, and it usually takes place this way:

• They call you and say they work for Microsoft. They claim that your computer has a virus, and that this needs to be resolved over the phone.

• They ask you to do this and that on your computer, among other things, to find specific numbers and a number of "errors". This way the fraudsters try to create both confidence and fear.

• They ask you to download a software so they can fix your computer by taking over the machine and remotely control it.

• Furthermore, they ask you to pay for the job. This is a fraud in itself, as they have done nothing useful. Now they remotely control your computer and will be watching everything you do on it. Including when you log on to the bank.

- We will not phone users about machine faults, viruses or similar, Microsoft's security director, Ole Tom Seierstad, says.

Not be fooled by the scam, the tip is simply: Goodbye!

Because Microsoft will never call and say that your computer has a virus.

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