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More Tech support scams, this time, Child Porn is involved

A new email scam is making the rounds, warning recipients that someone using their Internet address has been caught viewing child pornography. The message
claims to have been sent from Microsoft Support, and says the recipient’s Windows license will be suspended unless they call an “MS Support” number to
reinstate the license, but the number goes to a phony tech support scam that tries to trick callers into giving fraudsters direct access to their PCs.

To make matters worse, the scammers give you an IP address and a MAC address. The Mac Address may not even match yours, and who knows about the IP address, says the article.

The article goes on to talk more about what a Mac address is. For those who are not familiar with this, here’s what the article says.

However, this address is not visible to others outside of the user’s local network, and in any case the MAC address listed in the scam email is not even
a full MAC address, which normally includes six groups of two alphanumeric characters separated by a colon

It seems as though according to this article, the message leads to a toll-free (844) phone number. The toll-free branches in the United States calling areas include: 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844, and newly implemented 833. The last toll-free designation according to the area code listing by number web page is 822.

The web site linked is done as a service for the Internet community and links to more up to date resources for area code data in the United States.

Also, the IP address cited in the email does
not appear to have anything to do with the actual Internet address of the recipient.
Not that either of these details will be obvious to many people who receive this spam email, which states:
block quote
“We have found instances of child pornography accessed from your IP address & MAC Address.
IP Address: 206.19.86.255
MAC Address : A0:95:6D:C7
This is violation of Information Technology Act of 1996. For now we are Cancelling your Windows License, which means stopping all windows activities &
updates on your computer.
If this was not You and would like to Reinstate the Windows License, Please call MS Support Team at 1-844-286-1916 for further help.
Microsoft Support
1 844 286 1916”

Brian thinks this would be a good idea to tie up this line even if you don’t really play along. He went to play along and got hung up on. Wonder how many people will take this on?

Article in full: Tech Support Scam Uses Child Porn Warning posted May 7, 2020


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More Tech support scams, this time, Child Porn is involved was released on May 8, 2020 at 7:25 pm by tech in article commentary.
Last modified: May 8, 2020.


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