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Indian Phone Scammers Pose as Microsoft Technicians, Plant Malware Across U.K.


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Kolkata may be the land of elaborate Durga Pujas, cinematic legend Satyajit Ray and coronary-inducing kati rolls, but the Eastern Indian metropolis is also the land of a virulent phone scam that's been quietly making its way around the world for the past two years.

As the Guardian reports, a group of scam artists based out of the former Indian capital have been calling random households, and posing as Microsoft technicians. The callers typically claim that they've detected a major problem with their victims' PC and say that if the issue isn't remedied, the computer will be rendered unusable. With a heavy Indian accent, the scammers then direct their targets to their computers, where they ask them to open 'Windows Event Viewer,' which displays a long list of technical jargon that, to the layperson, might look worrisome. The "technicians" instruct users how to fix the non-existent problem by directing them to a website and asking them to install "preventative" software (which, of course, costs £185, or about $283). If the user falls for it and installs the malware then, he or she instantly gives the scammers complete access to data on the computer.

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