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  • Tech support scams want you

    Posted on December 29th, 2020 at 22:43 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    One of the items that came out of the first ever Askwoody survey is that most of the readers are older.  You’ve been around technology for a long time.  And that’s a good thing as you have experience with a lot of technology.  But that also puts you in the “sweet spot” of scams.  Meaning that the attackers see you as a good target to attempt to scam.  And one of those classic scams is the Microsoft support scam not to be outdone by the increasingly used Apple iphone support scam.

    This headline caught my eye:

    Dept. of Justice credits Microsoft with identifying tech-support fraud scheme that targeted seniors

    No kidding.  Of course if you are a savvy senior (which most readers are) you may do the trick where you pretend to be a stupid user just to draw that person on the phone line on so as to waste their time so they don’t try to go after another person.  I’ve often played the dumb blonde routine until the very end where I tell the person on the other end of the call that they should be ashamed of themselves.

    What do you do?  Do you hang up?  Do you keep them on the phone?

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