It happened. It finally happened. Someone with a south Asian accent, named John called me from “Microsoft Headquarters” and told me that my computer had some problems on it. I was actually excited at this point. I asked him to specify which computer it was. He asked if they were on a network, and I said one was at the moment. He had me go to it and asked me if it was running slow or freezing. I told him it was fine. And then he asked me to locate the Windows key and click it and R together. This is where it gets fun.
He said, “R as in Romeo.” That’s my sister’s dog’s name. I told him, “Oh, Romeo?” He answered, “Yes, Romeo. Do you see the Run window?” I answered, “No, I see Juliet.” He then repeats, “No, is there a Run window?” I just played dumb, saying, “Rambo?” He said, “No, Run!” But I responded, “I see Sylvester Stallone.” At this point, I was just giving random answers.
The last answer I gave to him was, “I see a monkey.” And his response? “You are the monkey.” I was ready to laugh at him. I then said, “Okay, I know this is a scam. But thanks for calling. It was fun.” He hung up after that.
After a quick search, I read that if I let this go on longer, he’d have me download a file, which would probably install malware or spyware or something. But one guy said that he told the scammer that his anti-virus kept deleting the files. The scammer asked him to go to Wal-Mart and send a Moneygram to someone in Bangladesh to buy software that would fix the “problem.” You can read the entire story here, as well as some other experiences.
I should mention that they called twice today, two hours apart. The first time, the guy hung up when I said, “Excuse me?”
For anyone who gets a call from Microsoft, it’s not Microsoft. They won’t call customers about viruses or problems.
If they call again, I’ll have to consider some other things to say:
- I don’t have a computer.
- I have a Mac.
- I run Linux.
- He has contact CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service), which is the Canadian version of the CIA.
- He has contacted the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (my lack of Bengali skills may give this away as a lie).
- He has contacted the Oval Office of the White House.
- He has contacted Bill Gates.
Which do you think is best? And have you experienced this call before? Let me know in the comments below.