Jeanne and I were parked on the couch enjoying our usual Saturday morning ritual of oatmeal, hot tea, feet up on the coffee table and MacBook Pros on our laps. She was surfing for vacation ideas and I was working on Gadgeteer stuff when the phone rang.
The person on the other end had a thick accent that sounded like an unlikely combination of Scottish and Nigerian said “My name is Jack and I’m calling from Microsoft to let you know that your computer is infected.”
“It is?” I said sounding completely horrified.
“You don’t want to lose your computer do you?” Jack asked.
“No, no I don’t. What do I do?”
“Is your computer in front of you now?” He asked.
“Yes, help me please.”
“Is your computer powered on?”
“Yes.” I said.
“What do you see on the screen?” He asked me.
“Porn,” I said. It was the first crazy answer that popped into my mind. Not sure what that says about me so don’t judge!
“Are you there?” I asked Jack.
“Hold please…” He said.
“I need help. Don’t leaaaaaaaave me.” I wailed.
“Hold please…” He said again.
A few seconds passed…
“Hello. My name is Jack and I’m calling from Microsoft…”
“You already told me this.” I said. “How do I fix my computer?”
“What do you see on your screen right now?” He asked.
“What?” he asked.
“Porn” I replied.
CLICK. The phone went dead.
You know it’s going to be an awesome weekend when you’re able to make a scammer hang up on YOU instead of the other way around! 🙂