Beware the Windows EventVWR SCAM!

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ArdraF

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For about a month we've been hounded persistently every day by someone with a foreign accent who wants to talk with us about Windows malicious software.  I've been hanging up on them.  Today Jerry was home when they called so I got him to talk with the person.  What a bunch of baloney!

First, he unplugged the internet so they couldn't do anything while talking and also didn't give them accurate information - we were just trying to lead them along to find out what they were up to.  Finally the first person turned him over to someone else because he couldn't answer the questions or deal with Jerry's comments like "that's software - you don't need to know whether it's a laptop or a desktop because it runs on either one."  Eventually Jerry said to take our name off their calling list because he would talk to people at Microsoft before making any changes - and they hung up on him!

With luck they'll stop bothering us.  Meanwhile if you Google EventVWR you'll find people who have fallen for this scam.  It's been around for a while.  To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

ArdraF
 
Thanks for the warning, that's a new one for me, but I seem to get all the others. This one I will know what's going on now.
 
Bigger scam in my opinion is the fake change of address sites that look like the USPS site.  You have to read the very fine small gray print to realize that you are being taken.  Make sure you get the real USPS site and not the look a likes.  The real USPS site cost $1 to change your address, the others from $20 to $40 and I am not sure that your address is actually changed and that you just gave out your info for nothing.  BEWARE! 
 
We got a call 4-5 months ago but it sounds the same - person with a foreign accent telling me there was a "problem with windows". He could not answer any questions or tell me which computer or which version was affected (3 computers running 3 versions of windows in our house). I hung up and I was shocked that he called back 4 times that night. He actually sounded mad that I would not follow his instructions. I used it as a learning experience for the kids (16 & 18 at the time) to NEVER give out personal info or take instructions from someone they don't know!
 
I got that call...

I asked which window? front window or lake side?  "No, open your computer window" I said  I could not open the window and could they help? Then I suddenly asked them to hold on a minute... I waited a good 3 minutes picked up the phone again and asked If I could help them?  She started talking about the windows so I reverted to the first question.. did not take long before they hung up on me... So rude to just hang up.......after all they called me...

Cheers,
(The) Fox
 
These people are my catnip. I am retired and have nothing better to do, so I drag them out as long as I can until they realize they are getting nowhere. They can hear mouse clicks and keyboard hits but I never seem to be able to get the computer to do what they want it to. It might help their cause if the computer was still hooked up to the internet when they are trying to get me to do things.  I have read the porn sites that "pop up" on my screen after their commands are entered. I get overly excited at ads that pop up offering me savings of up to 60% on tennis shoes, fishing poles, RV parts and other things that nobody could live without. "Wait a minute, I want to order new turn signal fluid for my riding mower before this offer expires. It is for a limited time only."

For some reason I haven't gotten a call from the great computer helpers for quite a while. But Rachel, Anne, Jennifer, et al at card holder services seem to be thriving...
 
My son just recieved a "Windows" call today.  He is not too computer savvy, but when the person calling told him to turn on his computer and gave some other instructions, my son said "You must think I some kind of a**hole.  I'm not doing that."  The caller said "No, I think you are a motherf****r."  That made my son very suspicious. ;D ;D ;D
 
I have never received a call like that or just about any other unauthorized calls. I protect my phone number like as if it was gold. I only give it out to those with a need to know. If the calls are bothering you changing your phone number is not that big a deal anymore. One email to your friends and relatives, then contact your banks and it is done.
 
SeilerBird said:
I have never received a call like that or just about any other unauthorized calls. I protect my phone number like as if it was gold. I only give it out to those with a need to know. If the calls are bothering you changing your phone number is not that big a deal anymore. One email to your friends and relatives, then contact your banks and it is done.
All well and good, but I seriously doubt the caller picked the phone number from a list of "known" phone numbers.  More than likely it was dialed by a "robo" and transferred to the caller.
 
You can protect your number from the robo lists, there is a number to call.  Wait, that makes no sense.

One of the stores I manage got one of these calls 2 seasons ago, she took a number and told me about it.  She wanted me to tell her how they might know whether we had any problems.

Another scam to beware of right now is the IRS you have more refund coming.  Just delete it.  First off, they won't send an email.  Not them period.
 
PancakeBill said:
Another scam to beware of right now is the IRS you have more refund coming.  Just delete it.  First off, they won't send an email.  Not them period.

If you have extra refund coming from IRS, they just deposit in the bank account you gave them or mail it to the address on your return.
 
Molaker said:
All well and good, but I seriously doubt the caller picked the phone number from a list of "known" phone numbers.  More than likely it was dialed by a "robo" and transferred to the caller.
I don't know about that. I have been on the National do not call list since it was created. Any company using a robo dialer has to instruct it to avoid numbers on the list. I just simply don't get unwanted phone calls. Maybe it is me, maybe my karma is so bad that not even the scammers want to talk to me. :-[
 
I'm on the Do Not Call list and still get calls. I told one telemarketer that I'm on the list. She asked, "How's that working out for you?"
 
HappyWanderer said:
I'm on the Do Not Call list and still get calls. I told one telemarketer that I'm on the list. She asked, "How's that working out for you?"
Put yourself on the list a second time then. And report any one who does call you.
 

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