Who here on the internet has received the call, "I'm from Microsoft and I'm here to help you," actually they are here to help themselves from your wallet.
Raise you hand now.....(I'm raising mine.)
Today was the third time in less than a month and they are persistent, they do not take "You're a scammer, quit bothering me!!" and hang up. Instead they talk calmly and try to convince you that your computer is emailing them and saying it has a problem.
Yeah, like your computer is that smart!
"Help, help, I have a virus and need a doctor...."
If you look up Microsoft scams, this is #1 and there are still people out there falling for it because they can make themselves sound legitimate. Run to your computer now and Google Microsoft scams and see how many people they are targeting and how much the average person has lost.
You might ask, "Why don't you just hang up?"
That is a very good question but Bruce and I have a game we play with telemarketers because our CML Telephone Coop is what a Coop is supposed to do, they pay us back each year, a handsome dividend. When telemarketers use their phone lines, it is costing them, thus putting money in our pocket.
That would be a good reason to move here, to take advantage of this, think about it.
As I said, these guys can be persuasive, the one I got a couple weeks ago really creeped me out because he not only knew my internet address, the string of numbers but he also knew CML was my internet provider. When I hung up I called Bruce at CML and he said they can find out a lot of things but they can't get into my computer unless I let them so I was relieved and ready to do battle again.
So we tend to string telemarketers along, we've had them on the line 10-15 minutes and these guys are extremely devoted to their mission so it's easy. In between their attempt to coerce me to let them into my computer, I'm shouting things like:
"Hang up you loser and quit bothering me!!"
"I know this is a scam and I'm not going to fall for it because I'm smart and you aren't!!"
"Get a REAL JOB and quite being a leech!!"
"My computer isn't going to email anyone that it's got a problem, you are the one with the problem!!"
Feel free to add your own phrases, feel free to pass them along.
It really is a great stress reliever if you are having a bad day.
So, dear readers, don't fall for this scam, no matter how convincing they are. If you don't want to play my game, just hang up the phone and Google Microsoft scams.
I feel much better now.