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.