I got a pop-up message purporting to be from Microsoft on my laptop computer. It stated that my computer had a security problem, so I should call Microsoft at 1-855-883-9893 to have it fixed.
Being suspicious, I did not call the number. The message was followed up by a pop-up "person" who was ready to chat about fixing the problem. I did not respond.
Caller type: Other
I believe this is a fraudulent scam to get people to pay money over the phone. Little did these guys know, they were talking to an ex-process server. I checked my message, and received a voice mail telling me that they attempted to serve me court papers, and I needed to contact Investigator John Michaels to take care of this serious matter. I called back and asked them repeatedly for their license numbers (as you need a license to be a private investigator, which usually accompanies a process serving company). I knew they were breaking the law. I also asked for their address to send a certified letter, they hung up on me. I called back and asked for an address again and their PI license number, he refused, and I kindly informed him that I will be contacting the sheriff's department and will be reporting them.
They did not come to my home, there was no lawsuit filed against me (public records in Wisconsin, all it took was an internet search). Had I owed a debt and paid it, they would have taken the money over the phone.
Caller type: Scammer
Company: William Michaels
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