I got a call today from "The Windows Technical Department" regarding a problem with my pc, my reply was "you must be joking" and I put the phone down. It was quite unusual since the caller's number did appear on caller display rather than "withheld" or "unavailable" which one might expect.
What do these people want to do: possibly remotely access the pc to troubleshoot a fictitious problem and perhaps charge for a fix or would their intentions be far more malicious?
Two obvious things spring to mind:
- load lots of malware onto your PC for all the usual reasons (banking info, botnet recruitment, etc)
- you have to pay - i.e. you give your card details to criminals. This is not usually a good idea...
I've had a call like that before from "Windows...", which I immediately dismissed, but what I found interesting about this one was that the caller's number did appear on caller display (the caller introduction himself using an English name and from Windows Technical Dept. but spoken with a foreign accent after I asked who was calling.) Would that make the caller traceable?