Microsoft rang to warn about system crash? Scam surely?

  buel 15:47 02 Aug 2011

Hi, a friend has just yold me that, apparently, Microsoft rang him last week to say his 'system is about to crash'! He hung up on them but still thinks it was genuine as they had his number, address, name etc! I've told him it was a scam but he is still insisting on wiping his system this weekend! Any thoughts please?

  gengiscant 15:54 02 Aug 2011

Of course its a scam!!!!

  buel 16:02 02 Aug 2011

ha ha, yes i know that but id like to know how they were able to know his details?

  tullie 16:07 02 Aug 2011

Heard of the Electoral Roll?And even the phone book etc,etc.

  buel 16:23 02 Aug 2011

Thanks for the sarcy reply- yes of course i've heard of it! I suppose i should change my question to is it a common scam?

  iscanut 16:29 02 Aug 2011

Yes..It is fairly common. There have been postings here previously on the subject.

  onthelimit1 18:34 02 Aug 2011

Seven people from my (small) village have called me recently to ask if it was a genuine call! May be they swamp numbers on a local exchange one at a time.

  ams4127 19:28 02 Aug 2011

It's very common. I had one a couple of weeks ago and, when I asked him what Microsoft had to do with Linux, he surprisingly hung up!

  ventanas 22:46 02 Aug 2011

Had quite a few of these. I just get very personal about their parentage and hang up.

  bob dob 17:09 10 Aug 2011

hi, another friend recently had a box pop up in the bottom left hand of the screen stating that his 'Computer needs updating'+when he clicked it it requested payment. Please may i ask is this a common one+is it malware?

  bremner 17:40 10 Aug 2011

Yes to both

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