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The scam starts with a call that warns of problems and immediately offers to connect you with a support staffer.
The goal is to remotely control your system and install malware and rogue antivirus software.
Under no circumstances should you engage the scammers.
“Call is from Microsoft help center. We encountered a serious issue coming out of your computer. It seems to be someone is trying to hijack your identity and trying to steal your social security number and personal information. If it is not fixed right away, then your computer will become obsolete and all of your credential information may got compromised. If you are the one who is using Microsoft Windows in your computer then please call 60248316864. Press 1 now to speak with security team now. Please ignore if we called you by mistake. Thanks.”
Hang up immediately! Under no circumstances should you give anyone remote access to your computer or other electronic devices unless you initiate the technical support call to a trusted and verified phone number.
Take These Steps to Protect Yourself from Robocalls
Michigan's Robocall Crackdown Team
As the Department continues to crack down on robocalls, consumers should take these steps to protect themselves:
- Hang up and call the company directly using a number listed on the company's website.
- Never give personal information to someone you do not know.
- Ignore calls for immediate action; scammers try to use a sense of urgency to get you to act before you can think about what is happening.
- Beware of requests to pay via wire transfer, prepaid debit card, gift card, or any type of payment app.