– Police issue warning over ‘Microsoft’ telephone scam

Whilst this particular article is not recent it does seem that this type of activity is still going on, alas these scams are not new, and like most “types” of crimes they don’t seem to go away. I have been asked for advice by a number of colleagues on recent activity.


First off I would like to remind readers that Microsoft does not keep track of consumers that purchase our software and we do not directly contact consumers for any reason whatsoever. Do not to trust anyone who has called you claiming to be from Microsoft and needing access to your home PC.

In some ways this is “spam via a phone”; and unsolicited calls of this nature, no matter the “reason” should be treated the same way, don’t give your credit card details or personal information to people you don’t know; and don’t invite them “inside”.

I do encourage you to keep  safe when online and to always ensure the copy of Windows they are running is genuine and fully up to date. We encourage all PC users to visit http://update.microsoft.com

When using a PC that is connected to the internet we also encourage users to download and install legitimate software to guard against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Free products such as Microsoft Security Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ and Internet Explorer http://www.microsoft.com/ie will help protect users from online threats.   

– Police issue warning over ‘Microsoft’ telephone scam


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