Saturday, August 1, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found

Found: Horse by F.M. 2579 and C.R. 126, Floresville. Call 818-416-3372 to describe.
Found: Charm with picture of couple, at Pecan Park, July 17. Call to identify and pick up, 830-393-6785.
Lost July 4th male Chihuahua white with brown spots walks slow older dog went missing in Poth last seen walking down FM541 call 8304009851 if you seen him snowball
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Growing A/C company needs experienced HVAC installer/technician. Serious inquiries only, call 830-477-9652 if interested.
Service Coordination Supervisor. Camino Real Community Services is seeking a SC supervisor who will manage and supervise service coordinators. This position will ensure implementation of local authority functions for individuals diagnosed with Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IDD) enrolled in Medicaid waivers and other programs. This position will be housed at the IDD Admin. Office located in Floresville and will also service as the office manager for this location. Submit resume to  Camino Real Community Services, Attn: HRS, P.O. Box 725, Lytle, TX 78052 or fax to 830-772-4304. Visit www.caminorealcs.org for applications and other details. EOE.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Scam Central


Fraudulent callers attempt to access consumer computers, claim to be from Microsoft




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
Better Business Bureau
March 12, 2012 | 1,989 views | Post a comment

Callers claiming to be from Microsoft tech support are really scammers attempting to gain control of your computer

Scammers using Microsoft’s name to gain remote access to consumer’s computer

AUSTIN, Texas -- Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be from Microsoft. The caller offers to solve a consumer’s computer problems or sell him or her a software license, all in an effort to gain remote control access to the consumer’s computer.

Pam Webster called BBB to report she received a phone call from a “Microsoft employee” who told her he had recognized a virus on her computer. From almost the instant the conversation started, Webster realized this call was not made with good intentions.

“The man identified himself as being from Microsoft tech support and said he had identified that my computer had a virus,” Webster said. “He directed me to go to my computer and proceeded to give me directions to ‘get rid of the virus.’”

Webster, who works with computers on a daily basis, realized almost immediately that the directions being given were the same steps she follows when her IT department needs full, remote access to her computer.

Webster did not allow the caller to proceed any further.

According to Microsoft, once these scammers have access to the computer they can install malicious software, steal personal information, take control of the computer remotely or direct consumers to fraudulent websites where they are asked to enter their credit card information.

Microsoft’s Online Safety and Security Centre states that neither Microsoft nor its partners make unsolicited phone calls.

Here are some of the organizations that cybercriminals claim to be from:

·Windows Helpdesk

·Windows Service Center

·Microsoft Tech Support

·Microsoft Support

·Windows Technical Department Support Group

·Microsoft Research and Development Team (Microsoft R & D Team)

BBB advises consumers follow these tips to protect themselves from scammers attempting to access their computer:

·Go through your service provider directly. If you are concerned your computer may be exposed to viruses or other security threats, contact your service provider directly. Some providers offer free tools that can help detect and remove viruses.

·Install virus detection. To help protect your computer from viruses make sure you have virus detection software installed on your computer. This software can also help identify if a virus appears on your computer.

·Don’t trust cold calls. Never give out personal information, over the phone, to someone you don’t know. If the caller claims there is a security threat to your computer, hang up and call your computer company directly.

·Find a computer repair company you can trust. Go to BBB Member Pages to find a BBB Accredited Business you can trust.

To check the reliability of a company and find trustworthy businesses, visit bbb.org.

About Better Business Bureau:
BBB's mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. BBB accomplishes this mission by creating a community of trustworthy businesses, setting standards for marketplace trust, encouraging and supporting best practices, celebrating marketplace role models and denouncing substandard marketplace behavior.

Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization's high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB is the preeminent resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses and charities.

Contact BBB serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin at (512) 445-4748.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?
Scam Central side bar header
Triple R DC ExpertsDrama KidsVoncille Bielefeld homeauto chooserHeavenly Touch homeAllstate & McBride Realty

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.