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Episode Info: In episode 47 of The Essential Boomer, Jim Jensen talks about how to avoid being a victim of telephone scams. While on vacation in Hawaii I hear the phone ringing in the condominium that we were renting. Naturally I pick up the phone. “Hello (In thick Indian accent), I am calling from Microsoft Tech support and I’m calling about your computer.” I instantly recognize that the call is a scam so I decide to have some fun… “What about my computer?”  “I’m calling to inform you that we have detected a very dangerous virus on your computer’s hard-drive.” “What? I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m sorry but I’m not very computer literate.” “Yes, I understand. I will explain it to you. This is Microsoft Tech support and we have detected a virus in the boot sector of your computer. If you do not remove this virus immediately it will spread to your entire hard-drive and then corrupt your data and then crash your computer.” “Oh no. This is terrible. I have all my personal and financial information on that computer. Can you help me?” “Yes, I can help you right now. Is your computer on?” “No, I’ll need to start it up. It may take a moment for It is very slow to start up because it is very old.” “That’s okay, please boot up your computer.” “You mean turn it on right?” “Yes sir, I mean for you to turn on your computer.” “Okay…but it’s located in the other room and as I said, it’s rather slow to start up so it may take a while.” “That’s okay, go start up your computer right now and let me know when it’s ready.” “Okay, hold on, I’ll be right back…” I then put the speaker phone on and sit back to silently wait…After about a minute I hear him say… “Hello, can you hear me?” “Hello…?” “Sir, can you hear me?” “Sir…hello sir…are you there” “hello?” “sir can you hear me? Sir? HelloRead more »

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