When the call came [Wednesday] morning, I assumed at first I was being trolled it was just too perfect to be true. My phone showed only “Private Caller” and, when I answered out of curiosity, I was connected to “John,” a young man with a clear Indian accent who said he was calling from “Windows Technical Support.” My computer, he told me, had alerted him that it was infested with viruses. He wanted to show me the problem then charge me to fix it.
This scam itself is a few years old now, but I had not personally received one of the calls until … the very day that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a major crackdown on such “boiler room” call center operations.
Difficulty: Planned scamee did not, in fact, have a computer running Windows on the premises.
All this and “un-deletable” viruses, too! Scammers like that should have their, um, Registry scrubbed.