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Beware of Microsoft Popup Alert Scams

If you see a popup alert on your computer warning you that your computer is infected, locked, etc. and you need to contact Microsoft (or any other 3rd Party), please close the popup immediately and do not click on any links or call the number on the popup.  These scammers will attempt to take over your computer and then demand payment to “fix” your computer.  They typically launch from websites you visit like Facebook but it can be any website.   The best action to take is to shut down your computer/device and restart it.

Another common scam involves a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft.  The scammer will call and tell you that there is a problem with your computer, and offer to connect to it remotely in order to “fix” it. If you get a call like this, you should hang up. Microsoft will never call you regarding issues with your PC.

More information can be found here: 

Microsoft Support Scams

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 Last Modified 9/25/14