Phone Scam Tries To Gain Access To Your Computer

Fond du Lac Police are warning residents about a phone scam reported to the department over the last few days.  Individuals are reporting that they have received unsolicited phone calls from a subject claiming to be with the Microsoft Corporation.  The caller proceeds to tell the person answering the phone that Microsoft has become aware that their personal computer has been infected with a virus or malware and attempts to get the potential unsuspecting victim to give remote access of their computer to the caller.  The callers have also used the ruse that the Microsoft Corporation has identified illegal use of Microsoft licensed software on the unsuspecting victim’s computer, again asking for remote access to their computer. The Microsoft Corporation indicates that these calls are a scam to try and get unsuspecting victims to give remote access of their personal computers to the suspect or to get the victim to download a virus/malware.  The calls appear to originate overseas. For more information on this scam you can go to the Microsoft web site.