Viruses are nothing new, they are common for those who aren’t tech savvy running their unprotected machine into the hornets nest of a website trying to stream a game. Most of the time, the user will get adware that produces pop ups or unwanted toolbars, at times the user might even have a keylogger without knowing it. It really depends on many factors, as always, use ad blocking software and an anti-virus program. There has been an influx of cases where people are receiving calls from people pretending to be with Microsoft.
This scam starts when the victim is contacted by someone they don’t know who claims to work for Microsoft, deputies said in a news release Wednesday. The victim may be contacted by phone or via the computer, which displays a pop-up window that states the computer has a virus and they should call Microsoft at the number provided. The suspect tells the victim that they can fix the computer for a fee and gets credit card and other information from the victim.
The scam is similar to the FBI MoneyPak virus that circulated previously, where the virus locks the victim’s computer and tells them to send money to unlock it.