2018-04-07 17:46:09 UTC
I got this scam on my computer, for the second time, yesterday.
It displays a message saying not to turn off your computer before
calling that number, and that if you disregard the message, your
files may be compromised and your computer may soon become
"obsolete" (what a strange choice of a word!).
You can't get the message off the screen without rebooting,
so I did - not reboot, I'm not sure if that would have worked -
but I pulled the plug then plugged it back in and restarted the
computer that way. I'm not sure if that telephone number is
the same one I got the first time this happened, but after
reboot I googled for that number and indeed easily found
messages not to respond to that, because it's a scam.
The strangest thing was that shortly after that, I got a call
with a woman's voice (they always use women because
in our society, women are regarded as more trustworthy,
and they really are except for the women who takes jobs
like that). I don't know how they got my telephone number,
since it's not on my computer anywhere that I know of.
My son's roommate fell for this scam, perhaps not the
same number or quite the same message, not once, but
TWICE! It cost him, if I recall aright $700 the first time and
$300 the second. How come the government isn't going
after crooks like that? I ran a computer disk check
overnight just to make sure my computer was OK, and it