BEWARE: Bleeding Heart Virus Trick!
I haven't written many blogs, not because I'm not interested, but because my time is limited. However, this is important, and I wanted to give you some warning to not fall into the same trap I fell into.
A few months ago I got a phone call from someone who said he was making a service call for Microsoft Corporation. Anybody who tells you that is a liar with evil intentions. Microsoft will never make a personal phone call to your home. You have to call them. But I didn't know that at the time, and I was gullable enough to fall for it. The caller told me that they had reason to believe that my computer had been infected with the Bleeding Heart virus (maybe the worst one out there), and they wanted access to my computer to check it out.
When I gave the access (I should have known better), guess what! My computer, which was working fine half an hour before, was suddenly infected with the Bleeding Heart virus, and they offered to clean it up for a fee. By then I was starting to realize that something was wrong. I told the caller that I was going to have to call Microsoft to verify the call. The caller hung up. But by then the damage had been done. The caller had infected my computer when I gave him access to it. It costed me a lot of time and money to get it all fixed.
Two days ago I got another call from someone claiming to be from the Microsoft Corperation. This time I was wise to the trick. Since his number showed up on my caller ID I told him that I would have to call Microsoft to confirm the call and show their number. The caller hung up.
Last night I got another call, but this time my caller ID showed the message "UNKNOWN NUMBER." I had never seen that message before, but it didn't make me terribly suspicious. I just thought it was wierd. Guess what -- it was the Microsoft Corperation again! I was quite upset with this dishonest business that, I'm sure, has been hurting many people just like it hurt me. I told him, "I know that you're a liar because Microsoft never makes house calls. Repent of your sins and turn to faith in Jesus Christ because, the Bible says, 'All liars shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone." He shouted back at me with a truck load of profanities, and even a death threat! (Microsoft doesn't usually call to yell profanities and make death threats, does it?)
Judging from the long line of profanities that the caller was screaming back at me, I got the impression that he didn't like my sermon (even though I didn't charge for it), so I just hung up. Guess what! Just this morning I got another call with the message on my caller ID, "UNKNOWN NUMBER." Since I knew who it would be, I didn't even answer. (He probably wouldn't like the sermon I would have given him.)
These people must be making money out of their dishonest business. That's why they keep doing it. And they must be hurting a lot of people, just like they hurt me. They don't sound like native English speakers. Quite likely they could be calling from another country like India or the Philippines where they think they will be safe from American law. That, of course, won't protect them on judgment day when Jesus Christ will judge them for their sins. But in the mean time, I want all the members of my WA family to be wise to the trick so that you won't get hurt.