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Man Posed as Microsoft Employee in Fraudulent Phone Call
NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Aug 2, 2014

Posted on 08/03/2014 8:00:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway

a South San Francisco resident received a phone call from a man fraudulently posing as a Microsoft Windows employee and asking for personal information on Wednesday, according to police.

The suspect, calling himself Mike Johnson, told the resident that her computer had been compromised by a hacker and that he needed access to her computer to conduct a diagnosis.

The victim did not provide any personal information to the suspect, according to police.

Microsoft said that they do not contact their customers over the phone, nor do they have any records of anyone from the company calling the victim.

The number on the victim's caller identification was (231) 324-1324, which has since been disconnected, police said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: bsod; computers; crime; microsoft; scam

1 posted on 08/03/2014 8:00:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
The "I'm from MS, and your computer has been comprised" scam has been going on for a long time.

SF LSM types are only just now learning about it?

2 posted on 08/03/2014 8:05:36 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: nickcarraway

Boilerplate scam. BFD.

I guess NBC Bay Area news needs something to fill the empty slots created by not reporting all the leftist scams, crimes and misc “wrong doings”.


3 posted on 08/03/2014 8:07:07 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: nickcarraway

(To the victim): Welcome to the party, pal! This scam has been circulating for at least a couple of years now, and I’ve heard of even earlier instances.

Most people just hang up, because as the article notes, MS will never call you to “fix” your computer (nothing they do is free); it’s a $250 charge just to talk to their support before they even try to fix something.

Some people, particularly those with non-MS operating systems, will play along and let the “caller” enjoy trying to “fix” MacOS or Linux (or occasionally something even more exotic).

And a very few will let the “caller” connect to their Tarbaby computer and turn the tables on the would-be identity thief/hacker.


4 posted on 08/03/2014 8:07:48 PM PDT by Little Pig
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To: nickcarraway
800 Notes entry for 231-324-1324
5 posted on 08/03/2014 8:08:09 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: Calvin Locke

Yeah, I get that “Windows” call every three or four weeks. They even have my name. I’ve had Apple for the last five years but I figured they got my name from one of the anti virus programs I had downloaded to my late but unlamented Windows machine.


6 posted on 08/03/2014 8:10:38 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Calvin Locke

I must have had a dozen or more calls using this scam. Lately I have fun with them. I pretend I’m somebody important and turn the tables on them.

Remember the radio dj scam on the telemarketer saying he was investigating the murder of a flaming homosexual.

I try but I’m not that good.


7 posted on 08/03/2014 8:11:13 PM PDT by Rodd OB (24 years in Simi Valley)
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To: nickcarraway

I received that call two weeks ago. When I told the idiot I have already traced back to his terminal IP address there was a loud noise as he slammed himself off line. Hope he pissed his pants.


8 posted on 08/03/2014 8:11:58 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: nickcarraway

Same arsewipe called here last Friday, too! I really pissed him off when I kept saying I couldn’t understand him due to his heavy accent. I even told him to go find an American to translate. He finally got so mad he hung up.
This is a fairly well-known scam.


9 posted on 08/03/2014 8:12:08 PM PDT by snuffy smiff (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.)
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To: snuffy smiff
I even told him to go find an American to translate.

I love doing that.
10 posted on 08/03/2014 8:17:15 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: nickcarraway

A good way to counter this scam is to play with their mind and say you have traced their computer and it does not appear to be in a Microsoft office, so you have placed it under remote control to determine if it has an authorized license by Microsoft. And that they should not turn off their computer while this information is being collected or it could damage their operating system and hard drive, leaving it exposed to hackers...

etc. Such individuals can be remarkably gullible.


11 posted on 08/03/2014 8:18:59 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: snuffy smiff

I ask them what company is called “Windows?” There is no such company. There is a product, but you cannot call from a product, only a company the sells the product.


12 posted on 08/03/2014 8:19:39 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: nickcarraway

Is “Mike Johnson” employed by the IRS, NSA, BLM, or political operatives for the Muslim Democrat Brotherhood at the White Hut?


13 posted on 08/03/2014 8:21:23 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: nickcarraway

Someone from “BarclayCard MasterCard” tried a credit card scam on me last week. An automated system told me that there had been some suspicious activity on my card. The next prompt asked me to enter my 16-digit credit card number.

Yeah, right.

My wife got the same call a few days later. The system sounded very professional, very like what you might hear when you call an actual credit card company.


14 posted on 08/03/2014 8:25:03 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve gotten calls like that, too. Didn’t fall for the scam, though. Didn’t think microsoft would be spending their time calling up customers.


15 posted on 08/03/2014 8:27:59 PM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: Graewoulf

I suspect he is probably the cousin of Mike Hunt :-).


16 posted on 08/03/2014 8:29:23 PM PDT by TheCipher (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself- Mark Twain)
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To: TheCipher
I suspect he is probably the cousin of Mike Hunt :-).

Is he related to Michael Huntsaker, of "Lethal Weapon" fame? :)

17 posted on 08/03/2014 8:45:09 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the muzzle-em's trying to kill them-)
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To: nickcarraway

Things must really be slow in SF.

I receive these calls all the time. My fav response: “I’m a system manager and I’m sitting here looking at 27 servers, all running Apache. Which one did you say was broken?”

Then I lay the phone down and continue w/ my business. When the phone starts beeping, indicating they hung up, I hang up the phone.


18 posted on 08/03/2014 8:46:49 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: Calvin Locke
When my brother was in college a long time ago, it was " I'm from the phone company, and I need you to pull the slack out of the cord in the wall. Just pull your phone cord kind of hard. Pull it harder... harder..."
19 posted on 08/03/2014 8:47:47 PM PDT by DannyTN (I)
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To: psjones

I fell for the scam and I now have $4.3 million dollars in my bank account. I’m going to go to the bank tomorrow and clean out my account.


20 posted on 08/03/2014 8:48:04 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: nickcarraway

‘mike johnson’ is from india


21 posted on 08/03/2014 8:58:49 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Rodd OB
Remember the radio dj scam on the telemarketer saying he was investigating the murder of a flaming homosexual.

A classic, for sure. Here it is:

prank call

22 posted on 08/03/2014 9:03:10 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: nickcarraway
a South San Francisco resident received a phone call from a man fraudulently posing as a Microsoft Windows employee...

"Oh, so you work for Microsoft, do you? I'm surprised you're willing to admit it. Well, since I have you on the line, LET ME TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT I THINK OF YOUR LATEST SO-CALLED OPERATING SYSTEM!"

23 posted on 08/03/2014 9:03:14 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: Calvin Locke
The "I'm from MS, and your computer has been comprised" scam has been going on for a long time.

A scam??? Aw, S*%^!

24 posted on 08/03/2014 9:03:33 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: nickcarraway

At least once a month. I tell’em FU! Mrs.TaMoDee is a little more gentle, She says: “Screw avous!”


25 posted on 08/03/2014 9:10:40 PM PDT by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go! The Pack will be back in 2014!)
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To: nickcarraway

I didn’t know I should contact the news every time one of these clowns calls my house. They always sound like they are from India or Pakistan but they all have names like Mike Johnson.

They usually say my PC has been compromised in some way just before I tell them I don’t have a PC. There is dead silence after that. So I hang up.

I even had one call me to let me know that my Apple “device” had a problem. I know that Apple never makes phone calls like that, so I ask them the serial number. They hang up.


26 posted on 08/03/2014 10:00:52 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: nickcarraway

I get these same phone calls twice a week. Usually, the person has an Indian accent and is hard to understand. I usually try to waste their time by asking them to repeat themselves. Then I ask to speak to someone who knows how to speak English. Finally, I ask for a legitimate number where I can contact them because I am turning over the case to the FBI. I tell them that because someone has hacked my computer, I want to know who is doing it and want them prosecuted to the full extent of the law. By that time, I get a disconnect sound in my phone. They are not having any FBI checking in on them.


27 posted on 08/03/2014 10:46:26 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: snuffy smiff

I do the same thing about the accent thing. I go even further. Read Post #27.


28 posted on 08/03/2014 10:50:23 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: nickcarraway

Last week I noted on the most recent statement, a fraudulent charge to a credit card of mine. Some unwashed OWS hippie in Seattle bought $117.95 worth of Starbuck’s with the card.

Now... this card, which is associated with a major department store retailer, was only used twice by myself since I was given this card... both times in the store.

I bought a battery for my car last year, and more recently a kitchen appliance. These were in-store purchases.

So...riddle me this... how did they get my card information? Seattle is 2000 miles away. I never used the card online...or in any other place but the store that issued it.


29 posted on 08/04/2014 12:01:46 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

So they bought 5 whole coffees with your card?


30 posted on 08/04/2014 12:15:37 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

to go with the 5 surf and turf dinners on their SNAP card.


31 posted on 08/04/2014 1:03:32 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: nickcarraway

A bigger scam than Windows 8? I doubt it.


32 posted on 08/04/2014 6:22:35 AM PDT by Eric Pode of Croydon
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To: nickcarraway

The losers call every couple of weeks. Sometimes I call them Haji nonstop. They get pissed and hang up. Haji Haji Haji Haji, you get the idea.


33 posted on 08/04/2014 2:56:02 PM PDT by csvset
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To: Calvin Locke
The "I'm from MS, and your computer has been comprised" scam has been going on for a long time. Indeed, "My name is [Indian] from Microsoft Technical support..."

Ask for their call back phone #, and telling them where the Bible places those who love to lie usually makes then hang up.

34 posted on 08/05/2014 8:44:03 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Calvin Locke

35 posted on 09/08/2014 1:29:33 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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