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Another Phone Scam

Filed under: Telemarketing Scams & Robocalls — Charlie Summers @ 1:14 pm

Got the following on the answering machine (note the recording/generated voice apparently started at pickup, so it’s truncated in the beginning):

…expired, and all Microsoft services have been stopped on your computer. To renew license key please call {number removed}. Hi. This is an emergency call to notify you that the license key of your Microsoft Windows is expired. To renew license key please call {number removed}.

Obviously, this is bogus; if you get this message, do not call that number! According to the Soundboard Prank Calls Wiki, “The Indian Scammers are members of an India-based telemarketing and computer-fraud ring known as GuruAid (formerly Online PC Care). They pose as a legitimate technical support firm, but deliberately install malware onto their victims’ computer’s hard-drive, via remote desktop access ” Other websites suggest the fee to “renew” the Windows license key from these scammers is $199.95…yipe!

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