Have you had the Phony Microsoft Tech Scam call?

1.How did you feel about it?

2 How did you deal with it while it happened?

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dhicks35 Premium
I've had several and so have my friend who works with computers. I was instructed not to give any information and above all not to give them access to my computer.

When I received the first call, I just politely let them know that I did not make decisions on my computer and that they would have to talk with my tech. That's when I realized that I should disregard their calls.
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Dan-L Premium
You are smart to say that to the scammers. There are a lot of people who would fall for it and go along with them. Now that I know more about this scam I can pass along all the information to my readers about this and many others that I am researching on my website.
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WKnoepp Premium
Haven't had the call yet, but if I get it I'll respond with JeanL's routine. Actually, I didn't know that scam, was still around. I know Microsoft sued the ears off these guys a couple of years ago. Are they back?
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Dan-L Premium
Microsoft in December 2014 filed a lawsuit against Omnitech in federal court. Microsoft sues tech support scammers for trademark violation National Globalnews.ca
http://globalnews.ca/news/1736390/microsoft-sues-tech-support-scammers-for-trademark-violation/
In 2012, The federal Trade Commission Cracked down on this practice but it seems that it keeps coming back.
Microsoft has received over 65,000 Fake call complaints since May 2014.
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JeanL Premium
1. annoyed 2. Act stupid and tell them we just replaced our windows last month because of air leaks. I then go on to tell them how happy we are with our new double hung, Pella windows and how nice the gentleman that installed them was. :)
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WKnoepp Premium
LOVE your comeback!
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dhicks35 Premium
Love it!
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Dan-L Premium
Thank you, Jean. Even though you were annoyed by them you did have a
sense of humor when dealing with them. That is the most original way I have heard of to deal with these scammers so far I will have to use that one myself and I am glad you replied to my question
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DavidinKY Premium
I've gotten that call several times, too, and am always armed with knowledge, thankfully, that makes them go away (or makes them very puzzled!). In the most common one, a person calls and says "I am from Microsoft and am seeing that you are having problems with your Windows." hmmm. Ridiculous -- how do you see my computer (which I know they cannot)? So I ask them about that, and even ask things like what they're seeing for my IP address. It always immediately goes back to "We're just calling because we see problems with your Windows."
I sometimes ask which Microsoft location they're calling from. (Clearly calling from another country) one caller told me "uhh... Washington." (Yes, MS is based in WA state, but I just had to ask further. I don't know -- I just like to have fun with clueless telemarketers). "Where in Washington?" I ask (MS is in Redmond). "uhh... Washington, D.C. Yes, we are calling you from Microsoft in Washington, D.C." I started to tell one caller that there's a difference between the two Washingtons, and then he hung up.
You asked a couple brief questions here on the forum, and I went on and on, but I just have so, so many things to say about telemarketers. Gotta have fun with them!
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jsloanetc Premium
I get telemarketers all the time calling me, the ones that annoy me are the ones I cant even understand, if you are going to have a phone job , just make sure people can understand what you are talking about lol, just saying
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Dan-L Premium
David, you have obviously done your homework when it comes to scams and internet rip-offs. Unfortunately, not everyone is computer savvy and can use a little education when it comes to the internet, especially when it comes to our seniors and people that do not have any internet experience.
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Dan-L Premium
You will find these days with a large influx of people coming from southeast Asia that most of the English speaking skills are not great. Most are educated and young, but the lack of their grammar skill is the tell-tale sign that it's going to be a scam or something or service you didn't call them for in the first place, like this Fake Microsoft Scam or some duct cleaning or carpet cleaning service.
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LeannL Premium
I've had them call several times. At first I was nice about it and just told them I was not interested and to please take me off their list and then hung up. As they continued calling I told them they had called me x amount of times. I am not interested and don't call me again. When they persisted I told them there are real jobs they could get and I even recommended a few sites where they could find legitimate work from home jobs. Usually they would just hang up on me. Now if they call I just hang up.
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RJScot Premium
Hi L. Yes that's a good one. Recommend they go to my website to learn about Internet Marketing and WA. There is no need to be too nice to random callers who just lie to you.
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Dan-L Premium
Thanks, RJ I would recommend my site here to check out scams and how to avoid being scammed online. I do not think being rude is the answer to all random callers but in a case like these fake tech guys it is well warranted. I probably would not even give them that much courtesy.
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Dan-L Premium
Thank you, Leanne, you have been very patient with them I can see that you are savvy and won't get caught in their Fake Microsoft Scam.
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