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Top Story: Scary phone scam spreading and costing Americans millions

Top Story: Scary phone scam spreading and costing Americans millions
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We've warned you about the recent scams making their way around Facebook, and even scams that are spreading on Craigslist. But we're starting to hear more news of phone scams.

Just last week we warned you about the fake caller ID scam that has sprung up. If you missed it, click here to learn more about it. It's scary!

But another scam has started to circulate again, and a lot of people are falling for it.

It works like this: Someone calls claiming they work for a special department within Microsoft. They state that they've received a notification that your computer has been infected with a virus, and then they offer to help you troubleshoot the problem.

If the victim agrees to this troubleshooting process, the scammer walks them through a series of steps that will trigger a false reading. This reading is designed to make the victim believe that his or her computer is in fact infected with some type of virus.

Of course, Microsoft does not have a department that performs tasks like this. While it's true that the company may use some questionable tactics to get you to update to Windows 10, it does not employ these fraudulent callers.

Next page: Keep reading for details on how this scam works.
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