However, on Monday morning, the phone rang and I couldn't resist answering. The noisy chatter in the background is often a hell of a hint that you're getting another junk call.
"Um.....hello...", I responded. "Mr. Husband?", came the reply. "That's not my name. My husband days are over.", I continued. "Mr. Husband, this is Greg from 'Windows'. "Really, Greg? Greg, my windows are just fine, thank you!", was my next response. "No, no! Your 'Windows' system on your computer is having serious problems and we can fix them for you." "How do you know I have a computer? Which computer?" "Believe me, your computer will blow up within 24 hours if you don't let us access it right now!" 'Greg' responded, rather impatiently.
"Okay, 'Greg', I'm switching on my Etch A Sketch, Version 10.1. Doh, 'Greg', the Etch A Sketch is upgrading! And 'Greg', you should be ashamed of yourself trying this scam! This scam has conned vulnerable people out of money fixing a problem that doesn't exist. And 'Greg', Greg is not your real name! I know you people use fake names." *Click* followed by a ring tone as good old 'Greg' hung up on me.
What one should really do is in the list below.
- Do not allow remote access to your computer.
- Hang up the phone when you identify that the call is uninvited.
- Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
- Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.