Jun 192012

We had heard about it, but it actually happened to us: a phone call from a “Microsoft technical specialist” telling us they had received a report from our computer in the last 30 days and there was a problem.

After a hearty laugh and an “Are you kidding me?” we hung up.

Unfortunately, many people don’t.  It’s a scam to get your credit card information and/or damage your computer.  Remember:  

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

Microsoft’s Safety & Security Center details some of the most recent scams using both e-mail and the telephone being committed under the Microsoft name.

6/26/2012.  Another call today, telling me those reports kept coming in to the “International Server” and my computer would be shut down in two weeks if I didn’t take action.  I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.

Aug 112009

I received this phishing e-mail which was so funny, I just had to share:

Dear Bank of America Account Holder,Due to multiple login attempt error while login in to your Bank of America Account , We have believed that someone other than you are trying to access your account.For security reasons,we have temporarily suspend your account and your access to login into your online banking Account. There by you are required to re-confirm your membership details.Confirm your Bank of America Account now to enjoy the benefits of online banking and finance and to avoid fraudulent activites on your account.To initiate the verification process: https://www.bankofamerica.com/Control.do?page=corp _bofacom If your membership details are not re-confirmed within 48 hours then your ability to access your account will become restricted.. Thank you. Sincerely, Bank of America Account Review Department. Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender © 2009 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.

If you are going to try to scam people, you might try to find someone with a better grasp of the English language for starters.  And while I removed the actual link, the letters in blue are exactly the way I received the link.  Notice a problem?  If the sender was phishing for a laugh, mission accomplished!

Jul 252008

I just received this e-mail and laughed so hard I nearly fell off my chair:

Subject:  Your parcel is at the customs office

Dear customers,


We have received a parcel for you, sent from France on July 9. Please fill out the customs declaration attached to this message and send it to us by mail or fax. The address and the fax number are at the bottom of the declaration form.


Kind regards,

Mohamed Morrison

Your Customs Service

Yeah.  Right.

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