Man warns of scam targeting computer owners

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Michael MacMaster got a call that had him suspicious from the start Monday morning.

A person said he was phoning from Microsoft to help him with a problem with his computer.

Although he knew right away that it was unlikely that Microsoft would call him about a problem with his computer, he decided to play along for a bit.

The man on the other end told him to click on the Windows logo and select to run dialogue. He was told to enter “eventvwr.”

Instead MacMaster entered the code in Google and it came up as associated with a common scam. He then asked the caller to give him the number. The man responded that he was calling from Ontario but that the company headquarters were in the U.S. He gave a phone number which again MacMaster googled and found was associated with a scam.

That’s where MacMaster ended the call. He phoned police about the matter though and hopes that something can be done to stop these people from trying to trick others.

“Microsoft isn’t going to call any one of us,” he said. “A lot of people aren’t aware of those things.”

He said he wonders if those callers might target a specific area code.

 

Reporting Scams and Frauds

The following information is provided by the RCMP.

 

• If you have not lost any money and have not provided personal or financial information (relating to a fraud or scam), and you simply want to inform the appropriate organizations, report it to the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501.

 

• If you received a fraudulent e-mail soliciting personal or financial information (phishing scam), you should also advise the financial institution or other agency whose name was used.

 

• If you are a victim of fraud and it is not related to identity fraud, contact the police service of jurisdiction in your area.

 

Always report fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at info@antifraudcentre.ca or by dialling 1-888-495-8501 or online by visiting the CAFC website http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

Organizations: Microsoft, Google, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre RCMP

Geographic location: Ontario, U.S.

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  • Mick
    February 19, 2014 - 04:15

    Got 2 calls this morning 8 am then again 9 am claiming there from Microsoft saying there Tech Support, I live in Germany. As above letting me know that my computer is at risk from illegal storage from hackers etc, I played along just to hear what they wanted but as soon as i asked for there ID number and where the call came from things started going funny as trying to push me to do what they say as the information on my computer can cause me problems with the police. then I was handed to a woman saying she was the team leader asking me to do the same as the man most likely from India. I just played along but didnt give any details but the number was +6309339463 not sure if you have seen this number ... dont answer :)

  • Anita
    February 18, 2014 - 15:29

    We have been getting these calls since over 2 years. I've told them to stop calling, that I knew it was a scam, but they don't no for an answer so I just hang up.

  • Bev
    February 18, 2014 - 11:10

    This is an old scam that has been on the go for a while now. The sad thing is, many seniors may not know the difference and may fall for it. Shame on these people. JLC is right though--tell them you don't own a computer or that you have an Apple device, and they will hang up on you as quick as can be.

  • JLC
    February 18, 2014 - 09:31

    Tell them you do NOT own a computer and they will usually hang up on you.

  • Margaret H
    February 18, 2014 - 09:16

    We've gotten several of those 'Microsoft' calls lately, as well as our son getting them. They become very rude if you don't do what you ask.

  • Isabelle Dort
    February 18, 2014 - 07:30

    We received two calls last week from Microsoft. The first woke us up a 12:30AM!! The second call was at 10:30PM. We yelled at them for the time they were calling and hung up. These people are horrible!!