OK I was working on my computer when the phone rang Saturday and when I answered it this voice with an accent asked me how I was doing and then identified himself as “Window’s Support”. This could be an attempt at possible Identity Theft.
I don’t know if this person was trying to steal my identity or not. It’s true he may have been from Windows Support. It’s more believable to me that a “real” support person would identify himself as “Microsoft Support”? Actually, I doubt Microsoft would call me without my contacting them first. Worst case scenario – he was trying to get my username and password to access my computer so he could steal sensitive information to use in stealing my identity.
Over the past few months, I’ve had to replace two credit cards and a debit card account due to the Target security breach (that Target knew about and ignored according to the news reports). The information on one of the cards was actually stolen and used to steal approximately $1000. That cost the store, where it was used, that much in merchandise. They will pass this on to us the customers. It was a huge hassle to shift everything around after identifying what recurring bill was paid with which card. I think I missed a few and now it will be difficult to figure out what and get it fixed. I may even lose the service as I did when one of the cards got hacked a year ago. I’ve had to change out all my passwords and trying to remember what goes with what is driving me crazy. There is a more secure system available – chip and pin – but credit card companies/banks are not willing to shift over. So here we sit waiting for the next attempt.
Please do not ever give out any information to anyone making this type of call. The potential for it being someone trying to “crack” your computer system to gain access to your accounts is just way too high to risk it. I don’t want you to go through this misery.
Just hang up. Please.
Stay safe and well!