Call from "Microsoft Maintenance Department" - Warning: Scam
A few minutes ago I received an out of area call from a man with a heavy Asian accent named "Jacob" claiming to be part of Microsoft maintenance department who are responding to an error report I had allegedly sent.
He proceed to inform me that I apparently have a dormant and newly developed virus on my computer which would destroy the hard drive in 20 days which, at the moment no anti-virus software can eliminate other than 3 new programs by Avast. He then explained that I could get the software at a reduced price compared to the market's £300.
I asked him where he was based, his registered company number and employee number - he replied that he was based in Luton and then gave me a phone number... before he gave me his employee number he hung up the phone.
In my opinion this is most likely some sort of scam using scare tactics - after the call I done a quick google and found similar comments from people who had the same experience.
Site above links a MSE thread:
From an Australian site: http://ctaspley.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/update-on-support-on-click-police-alert-to-scam/
Thought I'd share mine here and use it as a sort of warning to fellow members.