So I'm sure you've all heard about this scam that's been running for a while -- someone purporting to be from Microsoft phones you up and offers advice about how you can improve your computer.
Well somehow we were talking about computers after Christmas dinner and my father happens to mention "I got a call from some really helpful techie people about improving my computer's performance ..." Yup, he fell for it. He swears they actually improved his computer. For a mere $375. Honestly, for a man who spends about 12 hours a week looking for the best grocery deals, you'd think he'd be more sensible.
Anyway, I've sent him all the info for running malware checks, and told him to change all his passwords etc. -- and the credit card he used. Fortunately it was only a week ago and he hasn't done much on the computer since.
But I was wondering if anyone has heard of any other poor hapless folks who have fallen for this scam. Is it "just" about overcharging for an service that's not even necessary? (which of course is bad enough ...) Or are they mining credit card and id info too?
No reason there can't be more than one scam of this kind operating of course, but just thought I'd ask. TIA
*sigh* Parenting your parents is no fun.