BEWARE! People have been reporting they have received phone calls from technicians from "Microsoft Assistance Center" (or so they say.)
The callers sound as if they are offering a support call. ("If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is.")
The caller asks if the computer user is online and if the computer is performing slowly. (Who wouldn't answer, "Yes.")!
If the person responds that the computer is not running smoothly, the caller will ask the user to boot start up the system and report the start up time.
If the system is running and online, the caller will tell the user that a technician can take control of the system and clean the "virus infection". (This is a scam!!!)
If you happen to receive one of these phone calls, ask the caller for the name of the company, their location, and their phone number. Then hang up and report this to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, (IC3).
You can file a complaint with the IC3 at (http://www.ic3.gov/).
Or you can call the local FBI office (if you are in the US) (505) 889-1300.
Remember that Microsoft will never cold call a person (call a person without reason or previous contact.)
Never, never, allow a stranger to take over your computer. (You wouldn't hand over your house keys to a stranger, would you)?
"if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is (too good to be true.)"