I got an email saying that illegal materials were found on my computer and it would be locked until I paid a fine. Is this a scam?
Yes, this sounds like a common blackmail scam called ransomware. Ransomware is an email, website or pop-up window that displays warnings about possible illegal activities and demands payment before you can access your files and programs again. Delete the email and report it immediately.
Do you think you might have already fallen for a ransomware scam? Find out what to do.
If you don't immediately suspect ANY unsolicited contact by email/phone re your p.c. then you don't deserve to own it , give it to your dog instead to chew on .Simple as that.
Go to the bottom of the class....FAIL.
There is a sucker born every minute........still applies.
I get calls like this almost weekly, both on my home phone and home business line. It is really annoying!
I keep yelling at them and hanging up on them but would just like it all to stop. (I have a Do Not Call order on my home phone but it doesn't slow them.)
You'd think after 40+ calls like these, they would just give up on my number. But the calls keep coming.
Received a call from a person who said they worked in conjunction with Microsoft. As computer had been slow sent error messages and said they could fix them up. So came in by remote control and showed how many errors I had on the system and told me it was much too high and they could fix it up. After an hour and a half was told there was a fee. But invoice had disappeared the next day put a stop to payment but still say they have given me software. Company is 6 months old but no reviews at this stage. Obviously American but unidentified owner lives in Queensland, Australia. At least I stopped it in time
My husband got the pop up saying he had been looking at unauthorized pages and that his computer was locked until he paid $300. It had a FBI logo like others have mentioned. He laughed because he knew he had not been anywhere so he hit CTR/ALT/DLT and got out of it that way. Restarted his computer and all has been well.
I addition to advising for installing proper firewall, AV and anti-malware, people should use their common sense. If I am ever going to be contacted by Microsoft, it would be from their regional team at or around my location, not the MICROSOFT USA.
I also have received these calls from so called people stating my computer was being used for unregistered activities. I as a Microsoft Partner told them to call my lawyer then I would believe there farce. For Microsoft will not have a 3rd party company do cold calls to you and request money. and Sandy yes you could have repaired the system by your self for little to no money as I have repaired many for people in past few Months. Any time you get this scam ware on your system if you have another pc you can access the web with you can find the fix fast. and these callers to you never should you give them money it as well is a farce and should be dealt with as such.
We have had repeated calls from people, sometimes claiming that they are from Microsoft, but always claiming that there are problems with my computer. I have not heard their full sales pitch because I have always cut them off and told them I am not interested before putting the phone down.
I got a call from my mom yesterday, she was yelling i didn't see her for a month. Is this a scam ? Can you help me ?
When will people learn the basic principle that nobody who is legitimate calls and demands money?
I also got a number of these calls from India, on the last call I let him go through his speech and without warning I blew the loudest referees whistle I had down the line. They never called again afterwards.
If Anyone ever claims to be from Microsoft saying that your computer is infected and you must pay XX amount to have it fixed then Hang Up as it's a scam.
They are just tyring to scare you into thinking that you have a serious problem.
Just make sure you are running an Anti Virus (I Use Free Avast) and run malwarebytes (In Safe mode ideally) regularly to get rid of any malware etc.
I get a call almost monthly telling me they are from microsoft centre and my computer is giving out error messages which they can resolve. They ask that I sit by my computer and they will give instructions for me to key in. At which point I tell them my computer is working OK and please send me an email. Also which computer is acting maliciously. They cant tell me. No number is given when I dial after the call.
I get calls from someone who sounds like he is in India telling me he is 'from Windows' and that 'Windows have detected a problem' with my computer and they want to fix it. I always tell them I know its a scam and they should not ring me again. I just wonder how many people fall for this?
MS service has never been proactive fixing customer machines, so why should they start now? Why are people so gullible?
I have vipre antivirus will this also work?
People, just move to Linux, end of problems(most problems)