You may be getting a call from 347-960-4787, which is a New York City number. Actually, you may receive as many as three in the space of an hour or so, if you don’t answer the first time.
I never answered, and they never left a message. Out of curiosity, I ran the number. It’s a scam, unsurprisingly; the boiler-room denizen tells you that there are issues with your computer which they can “fix” for you. They sometimes claim to be from Microsoft, but in any event, they “advise” you to log into their site so that they can “correct” the problem.
They may claim that your system is infected, or that it keeps sending error messages to “Microsoft”.
The calls have really picked up since they began again around 23 June, especially for those with landline phones – but they’re also calling cell phones.
You’re smart enough to realize that they want to take control of your system in order to plant malware and/or harvest data, but you may know somebody who’s a little less savvy. Do them a favor and give them a heads-up on this.
Right…your computer knows it’s got virus issues, so it notifies a Microsoft rep somewhere in India so they can fix the problem for you. Uh-huh.
Me, I’m giving the in-laws fair warning; I suggest you do the same.
BTW, I highlighted the current phone number they’re calling from so that you can see what others have mentioned. “Who called me” is a good place to look for a free overview, although it’s not particularly interactive.
Go forth and do good!