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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Earlier today while working I got a call on our home phone from someone with a thick Indian accent claiming to be from Microsoft Technical Support and claiming he was calling me because our computer system had "Reported" various malfunctions and intrusions. When I asked him how he got our phone number he claimed it was given to Microsoft when we "Activated" our copy of Windows (which I knew was BS because we never give our our home phone number out; because our number was different when we activated our current systems; and, because our home computers were set up by our MIS guy from my office, at my office, who didn't have our home number anyway).
This guy went through a bunch of BS claiming my Windows Activation "License" was due to expire and that I needed to renew it by down-loading a program known as Ammyy.exe from the internet so he could "fix my computer remotely".
"In your dreams" I said and hung up. I Googled Ammyy.? and came up with tons of references to a Scam that allows these characters to compromise unsuspecting peoples' systems and harvest passwords, credit account information and the like. Since I had not heard of this scam before I thought it would be worth my mentioning it here in case anyone else gets a similar call/inquiry.
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