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Computer Doom is Gonna Getcha

Recently I have been getting doom messages, almost once a day. My computer screen shows a huge alert, in red and orange, warning me that my computer is BLOCKED/COMPROMISED/DOOMED, supposedly from Microsoft, and I have to follow these steps to save myself.DON’T TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER, DON’T GET RID OF THIS OR YOU’LL BE SORRY. So I press ctrl/alt/delete, get the interim message, cancel the shut down, and I am back in business. I always have unsaved documents to reclaim and that is a nuisance, but it is worth it to get rid of the so-called threat. Lately, they have added sound effects, an insistent very loud beep beep beep, to mimic an evacuation alarm, and spook me. Sorry, fellas, that ain’t workin’ either.

It is probably not necessary to warn my blog friends about this, since I think you all know a fraud when you see one. But thought I would mention this anyway.

I am, however, appalled that this scam might be working with unsophisticated computer users. I’ll put this on Facebook too. Maybe someone who doesn’t know the ropes will see it.

xx, Teal

posted on Aug 17, 2019 3:28 PM ()

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I got the old grandma scam again. So being a lady, I just said, STFU, this scam is so old!
comment by elderjane on Aug 19, 2019 2:28 AM ()
What I said to the last one was, "that's a neat trick, since I didn't have kids." I added FU. You don't have to unplug -just do ctrl/alt/delete at the same time and computer will ask you what you want to do -- sign out or cancel.
reply by tealstar on Aug 20, 2019 11:36 AM ()
I immediately turn off the computer and unplug it which gets rid of this annoying scam.
comment by elderjane on Aug 18, 2019 3:39 AM ()
The thing about it is that if we are at an unfamiliar computer, doing some troubleshooting for our husband or a friend, those sorts of messages have an authentic air about them because we don't know what's usual for that particular computer. So it would be easy to get taken in by a message like that. And if we're there troubleshooting, there's always the worry that our husband or friend already clicked on several of those.
comment by traveltales on Aug 17, 2019 4:20 PM ()
I am not called upon to troubleshoot stuff for friends, but I know a scam when I see it. And if they have already clicked on this, and answered follow-up questions, they are already screwed. I also get phone called "from the IRS', from my e mail provider, I get e mails for "prizes won" from Amazon. They're all bogus. I forward everything to spam@uce.gov. If it won't forward, I copy the data into Word, clean it up if they have garbled the copy (which they do to discourage your efforts)
, and then re-copy it into an e mail to spam@uce.gov.
reply by tealstar on Aug 20, 2019 11:41 AM ()

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