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 January 14th, 2013  
Microsoft tech support calling? It's just another scam, warns St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
 
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be a Microsoft security technician asking to download a security "fix" to your computer, don't do it, warns St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"This is just another scam to get an unsuspecting person to make his or her computer vulnerable to attack," Sheriff Mascara said. "We have heard that people in our area have been receiving such telephone calls."

If you download a program at the request of an unknown person, that program could allow someone to gain control of your computer and the information in it, such as bank account and credit card information, the Sheriff said. This might result in someone looting your bank account or stealing your credit card number.

Anyone who gets such a call is asked to hang up and call 9-1-1.

According to Microsoft, "Here are some of the organizations that cybercriminals claim to be from: Windows Helpdesk, Windows Service center, Microsoft Tech Support, Microsoft Support, Windows Technical Department Support Group, and Microsoft Research and Development Team."

You can learn more at this Microsoft link:

http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx

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