About 40 years ago Steely Dan released a song “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” Within the past 3 weeks I have gotten calls from clients saying they received a message on their computer along the lines of, “Your computer may be infected” and to call the number given. This is a number Rikki and anyone else must not call and just simply lose that number. It is a scam.
Unfortunately all three called the number in question. A so called “technician” took over their computer and made matters worse after my clients spent as much as $300 to “fix” the initial problem. In 2 of the cases I was able to remove the malware (and a computer virus just like spam, adware, and spyware is another form of malware) without much of an issue. For the 3rd person who lives in the Forest Hills section of Queens New York I needed to do a factory restore of the computer. Unfortunately the person did not have a backup of their files and lost pictures and important files. Just another reason I always stress the importance of backing up your files and have written about this in the past. Click here for article. These three people did in fact have malware on their computer. Instead of calling the number given, they should have called a reliable computer repair person to fix the problem. Hopefully you will call me. I would have done it for less than what they initially spent and that only made matters worse.
As an aside here, whether it be a bank, credit card company, computer service, etc. NEVER give out personal information on an incoming call or let someone control your computer unless you initiated the call process. It is very likely a scam and there are too many scam artists out there preying on people all too willing to give this out and many times the end result is bad news.
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