Microsoft scam resurfaces
The infamous Windows Microsoft Virus telephone scam appears to be alive and well.
That's where fraud artists pretend to work for Microsoft or other companies using their software and try to scam you out of personal information and money.
At least two Montrealers were recent attempted targets.
Beaconsfield resident Kevin Eperjesy said his dad phoned him about two weeks ago saying he just received a call from someone telling him his computer was infected with a virus, that it was causing problems to the Microsoft servers, and that he could help fix it for a fee. His dad promptly hung up.
"A couple of minutes after he called, I received the same call, I was stunned. I figured they must be going through the phonebook because my name is next on the list," Eperjesy told CJAD 800 News.
Eperjesy said they hung up after he said he'd report them to the authorities which he did anyway.
"I'd like people to be reminded. If I received a call and my dad received a call, obviously they're active in the Montreal area."
PR manager for Microsoft Canada Carmi Levy said the Eperjesys did the right thing and advises others to do the same.
"The thing you should never do is give out any information on the phone," Levy said.
"Recognize that Microsoft in any of its forms would never be calling its customers under these circumstances. It is clearly a scam."