To The Daily Sun,
Please consider this warning about a prevalent computer hacking scheme that continues to flourish. My encounter happened (recently) when I was using Yahoo to look at some eBay items. Out of nowhere, my PC opened a very official looking window right on top of my work. It notified me that I had a serious problem with possible security implications. It looked like a legitimate window from Microsoft and to immediately call 866-277-2024 for their assistance in protecting me from potential spyware. I am sure that they would ask for access to the PC to assist me.
Being fully aware of a recent similar hack of a local business, I immediately tried to close this window. I was unable to cancel this window or do any normal operations. I was able to use ctrl/alt/delete to sign out and start over. Operation seemed to be back to normal, but I ran a full system scan anyway. No problems were found, and no further contact was received from this unknown source.
Being a curious sort, I keyed in the phone number and saw many warnings about this number plus other similar phone numbers to avoid at all costs. Look it up for a real eye-opener.
These schemes take other forms, too. You might actually receive a phone call using a similar theme by offering assistance thru access to your PC. I am passing this along in hopes that it may save someone a serious problem.
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