FYI: “Computer Virus” Scam
So I just got a phone call from a gentleman from “Microsoft” saying my computer has a virus. I said “what? what computer?” and he claimed my Windows laptop (I don’t have a Windows laptop) was “showing them” to have “virus activity”. When I said “this sounds like a scam” he hung up.
After looking around, it appears as if this is what usually happens: they call you, tell you your computer has a virus, then walk you through a few steps to show you the “virus” (which is usually just harmless normal processes on your PC). Of course, they can fix your virus problem easily! Just pay them $150-300 and your computer will be cured!
This sounds utterly ridiculous, but from what I’ve read it seems to work on elderly computer users or those who just don’t have much experience with them. So please be aware that this is a thing that happens, and let your family know that if they get a phonecall from someone claiming that they have a virus: just hang up, it’s a scam.