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Scammers Target Local Computer Users
web posted November 27, 2012
COUNTY – Over the last few months scammers
claiming to be from "Windows" are calling unexpected computer
users to claim that their computers are sending out large amounts of
spam email and are requesting payment to "fix" the problem that does
not exist. When the caller is challenged they resort to vulgar attacks,
including calling their intended victim's "Obama n*****s" and "SOB's"
among other vile names.
They block their numbers from caller ID which shows up as "restricted"
or "private caller". Our advice; if you get a call from such a listing
- don't answer. If you do answer and hear a voice with a foreign
accent, hang up at once and do not provide them with any personal
A four minute recorded conversation from the scammers is being provided
to the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office for information. The calls are
most likely coming from outside of the US making law enforcement action
A copy of the recording is not being provided to the public due to the
graphic nature of the content of the call.
Edgefield Daily reminds readers that there is no such company as
"Windows" and any call suggesting that because you have a computer
running Microsoft Windows ® that may be infected with a virus is
better left to your anti-virus software, not the scammer. Microsoft
will not contact you
by phone to inform you your computer is infected with a virus.
You can eliminate receiving such calls by putting a restriction on
calls you receive from unidentified callers with your phone carrier.
Contact them for more information.
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