Today I received a phone call from a person (woman?) with an Indian accent claiming to be with Microsoft. She said that they had received reports from my computer that showed that I had been the victim of “online infections”. These “infections” would need to be dealt with and this cold calling savior was there to rescue me.
Unfortunately for these scammers, I am actually a CompTIA A+ certified computer technician, and I was on to them from the moment they claimed to know something about my computer. Here’s how the scam works, and how to protect yourself.