From the Yarmouth Police Department:
One of our officers received a scam phone call yesterday and we KNOW a number of you have received it as well. The officer did not answer the phone, but the scam artist left a message. The message, in a computerized voice, stated:
“I repeat listen to this very carefully. This is an emergency call to notify you, subscription of your Microsoft Windows computer has been expired. All Microsoft services are going to stop working today. Call now to renew at 360-353-4512.”
The beginning of it was cut off, but you get the gist of it. Now, the officer who received the message doesn’t even have a Microsoft Windows computer so that was clue number one that it is a SCAM. Clue number two, it’s just a big fat lie.
We decided to see what happened when we called back. When we called from the police department’s business line, we received a message that the phone number was not in service - but that seemed fishy. We called from a cell phone and were greeted with the following answering machine message from a male with a Middle Eastern accent.
“Thank you for calling Microsoft support. To renew your Microsoft subscription please leave a voice message with your name and phone number. Our technical team will call you back as soon as possible. Thank you. Have a nice day.”
It just so happened that a review of a few criminal laws was in order, so we left a message for them which included several Massachusetts General Laws.
Please share and help us make sure vulnerable friends and family don’t fall for this scam!