Today I received a call on my home number telling me the person was from Microsoft and my PC was spreading viruses, so they wanted some info. Fortunately, my career is in computers and so I turned the tables on them and started asking him questions that he should know, but didn’t. I said I probably know more than he did and he tried to comeback with some pretty lame answers, eventually hanging up on me.
There was caller ID, so I tried to call back and got this recorded message and I got a pre-recorded message from the FTC, so I guess they know about it:
For those of you who don’t know about phishing, that’s what this call was. They try to get your personal info by scaring you or mis-representing people/companies. Anyways, the link show comments from multiple people that had the same thing happen to them.
So to all my friends and family, be careful when sharing your info, if you didn’t initiate the inquiry, then it’s probably a hoax.