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Scams relating to the recent Microsoft Security Advisory

Scams relating to the recent Microsoft Security Advisory

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Microsoft recently released a security update for Internet Explorer in response to Security Advisory 2757760.

Scammers will often use news items (especially those relating to computer security) to try to trick you into downloading malicious software or to steal your personal information. Scammers claiming to be from Microsoft might also contact you by phone and offer to help fix your computer.

Neither Microsoft nor our partners make unsolicited phone calls (also known as cold calls) to charge you for computer security or software fixes. For more information, see Avoid tech support phone scams.

If you receive a phone call about the recent Internet Explorer update or about another technical support issue, hang up. If you’re in the United States and you want to report the scam, the best place to report phone fraud is the Federal Trade Commission. For more information, see Reporting phone fraud.

If you receive a scam via email or a website, you can use Microsoft tools to report it.

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  • If ANYBODY RECEIVES ANY PHONE CALLS FROM "http://www.urpccare.com/" OR ANY OF THE METHODS INDICATED BELOW... THIS IS A TOTAL SCAM AND IT COST ME SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS TO REALIZE THAT THIS INDEED A FULL ON SCAM... If you receive a phone call about the recent Internet Explorer update or about another technical support issue, hang up. If you’re in the United States and you want to report the scam, the best place to report phone fraud is the Federal Trade Commission. For more information, see Reporting phone fraud. www.ftc.gov/.../report.shtml

  • I have had several calls that pop up on the caller id as being from Microsoft. I actually get a laugh out of them calling because I automatically assume they are fraud. The caller is generally stating that he wants to fix my computer. So I just ask him which one and listen as he tries to wiggle his way back to trying to defraud me. Then I explain I have no MS OS'S on any computer and hang up.

  • ...reporting another attempt by an Indian (named Shawn Wilson - yeah, right!!), supposedly from MS, saying that I had some virus and they were seeing I was running slowly and would have major problems... His employee number is supposedly 8883860. Phone is supposed to be 315-215-1156. I reported it to the FTC and local law enforcement. It's a real shame people with computer skills are trying to take advantage of people instead of working a legitimate job!!

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