Phone scam now targeting JAWS users

If you receive a call from the phone number 347-871-5995 and someone offers to help you remove a virus from your computer, do not follow their instructions. This is a scam.

This particular scam has evidently been in existence for a few months at least. Apparently they are now targeting JAWS users specifically. They are advising individuals to go to a particular web site and input some numbers, which will likely give the scammers remote access to the person’s computer.

Here is some general information about tech support phone scams from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx

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