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    Fraudulent Phonecall from "Microsoft"

    I received a weird 'phone call from a women with an American accent yesterday. She claimed to be calling from Microsoft in response to reports "from my area" to the effect that our desktops/laptops were running very slowly. She advised that this was due to a very destructive "stealth" virus that had infected many PCs. It is undetectable(!!) to all existing anti virus software. She then indicated that she wished to "talk me through" the process of cleaning my system and wished me to give her authority to take over control of my PC (Yeah, I am THAT stupid!!!) I told her I suspected her credentials, to which she replied "but I told you I am from Microsoft" and then, as I started to tell her there was no proof of that, she hung up on me. One wonders how many have been conned by her?
    (My Setup: Custom built: 4.00GHz Intel Core i7-6700K CPU; MSI Z170A Gaming Carbon Mobo (Military Class V); Win 10 Pro (64 bit)-(UEFI-booted); 16GB RAM; 500GB SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 NVME SSD; 120GB SAMSUNG 840 SSD; Seagate 2TB Barracuda SATA6G HDD; 2 X GeForceGTX 1070 8GB Graphics Card (SLI); Office 2013 Prof (32-bit); MS Project 2013 (32-bit); Acronis TI 2017 Premium, Norton Internet Security, VMWare Workstation12 Pro). WD My Book 3 1TB USB External Backup Drive). Samsung 24" Curved HD Monitor.

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    Sadly, some will actually believe her. And she and her ilk are likely the cause of the "undetectable, very destructive stealth viruses" going around.

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