I am not working this week, I needed some time to relax, to help with the ongoing and dusty house renovation and eventually if time permits experiment with new beauty products, so here I am, safe and warm, at home.
I am having fun, so far I could test a few new products that you’ll shortly see in my upcoming reviews. I was really hoping to benefit from better weather forecast this week, it’s extremely humid, foggy, snowy-sleety, the trees are covered with a white fog iced coat and believe me outside you feel your bones shivering with cold.
This is a view from the balcony upstairs, we had 6 days of thick freezing fog at 1170 meters… more than 6 months of winter weather, I am sick and tired of it…
Today I experienced a weird unsafe situation while warmly installed at home in a very safe Country. I thought maybe I should to share with you, I know it’s not a beauty related post but I’ll try to be brief and informative. We never know, it may help somebody.
This morning, our house phone rang, my boyfriend picked up the phone and here is the extract that my bf posted on Google+ (for his friends) :
Here’s how it goes:
I received a phone call on my home number 10 minutes ago from an american number claiming to be from “Microsoft Technical Support” Here is the transcript:
FMS= Fake Microsoft Customer Support
FMS: Hello, is this Mr.G ?
Me: I am
FMS: This is xxxx from Microsoft customer support. I am calling you since we’ve been receiving error reports from your PC – You know microsoft receives error reports when things go wrong with your PC
Me: Hmmmm yes? (okay this is beginning to sound fishy)
FMS: We believe your computer is affected by a virus
Me: (Okay, I’ll bite to see where this is going) Which PC would that be?
FMS: Your PC
Me: Which one?
FMS: Your windows pc
Me: Yes, which one? I have several. Do you have the host name?
FMS: Are they all behind the same router
Me: (no harm in answering this one) Yes
FMS: Then they could all be infected
Me: Okay, which virus is this?
FMS: A Trojan
Me: Which Trojan
FMS: A Trojan, it’s a type of virus.
Me: I know, which trojan is it though?, there are many…
FMS: Are you IT litterate?
Me: Yes, Very
FMS: I think you pretend to know a lot but you know very little about IT
Me: I work in IT
FMS: Hangs up
Now, I know it’s not a good idea to give too much info to scammers, but in this case I wanted to see where they were going so I only gave out a minimum, and nothing that couldn’t easily have been looked up. I also wanted to see if they gave me any clues as to where they got my home telephone number from (appart from a random search in the telephone book), but no luck on that front.
Caller ID numbers can easily be faked and in this case it sounded like it was coming through some very poor quality IP Phone.
After reading up on this scam, it seems to have been going on since at least 2010 in many countries. The usual tactic is to (either or several of the following):
– Get you to give them remote access to your machine
– Get you to install malware
– Get your Credit card details to confirm
– Access a website infected with malware
As a reminder, here are Microsoft’s guidelines on how they may contact you (or won’t):
Stay safe 😉
WTH ??? just be careful with this kind of intrusions, they can take you by surprise, never give them any details, never allow them to take control of your computer, never ever give them your credit card or bank details.
I believe in some countries there are special forces dealing with this kind of security intrusions, here we don’t, we are supposed to report them to the local police. If they started to do this scam 3 years ago, it proves that it must work otherwise they would have stopped it by now.
A few minutes before that phonecall, we had a cute little spy at the door… 🙂 The pic is blurry because I did not want to scare him :
We have actually quite a lot of wild life going on in our garden, deers, squirrels, martens, foxes, just to mention a few, and eventually also our little dog happily playing after her fantastic recovery :
I also want to share our last purchase “security AND beauty related”, it’s a …. fire blanket !!! Why ? because I am a danger near fire… when I am depotting my eyeshadows there is alcohol and candles around and one day the bottle fell into the candle, true story, fire caught on the 500ml bottle, I was alone, I grabbed the burning bottle with my bare hands and put it inside the sink, then I used cotton towels to control the fire but believe me it was scary and it hurt ! Now I have learned my lesson and have this fire blanket near me :
Easy to use, you pull down the straps, wrap your hands around the corners to protect your hands and cover the fire with the blanket.
So… beware fake emails and fake phonecalls and be ready to react to unfortunate depotting incidents 😉