Heads Up

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! 


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2 Responses to Heads Up

  1. lectorconstans says:

    Thanks for the “whocalled” site. A while back, we dropped our land line (because it stopped working), got ATnT wireless (at about 1/4 the cost). The phone logs numbers called. We’re hardly ever at home. and I was surprised at how many calls come in. Only a few go to the answering part. Once in a great while they’ll leave a message – “Hi! You’ve been selected to receive a free medical device…” – which is about as far as I get before I hit Delete. I tried to use the other reverse lookup sites, but not much luck. I still have a lot of unaccounted-for numbers.

    • maxredlines says:

      Happy to help. We still have a landline – it’s part of the package, but it’s mostly a collection device for junk calls, as we use the cells more often. However, when 3 calls came in about an hour from the same number, I thought I should look into it.

      On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 8:05 PM, Riding The Redline wrote:


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