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Clever New Way to Hijack Your Computer – By Phone!

We were SO impressed when this story was relayed to us by a client today that I just had to pass it along.

A client of ours received a phone call from someone (ostensibly) in India yesterday who informed her that he had received a message from her computer, contacting his computer and he needed to gain access to her computer to stop it from contacting him – and could she grant him access to her computer.

She said, “well isn’t that interesting, since our computer isn’t even here. It’s in the shop for repairs right now.” At which point the caller hung up.

Isn’t this a clever way to gain control of your computer and steal your identity?  Just pick up the phone and play Dialing For Dollars.  Needless to say, you should NEVER grant anyone who calls you access to your computer.  Duh!

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Name: Wizard

Short Bio: The Computer Wizard (TCW). TCW was founded by Warren P. Harris in 1994 to service and repair computers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Relocating the business to Plano, Texas in 1999, TCW continued to flourish when an unfortunate loss of data for a wedding Mr. Harris photographed, caused him to research data recovery options. Realizing he would have to either pay someone to recover the photos or find out how to do it himself, the rest, as they say "is history". Approached by a friend who was a Private Investigator in 2006, Mr. Harris studied for his Investigator's license and began honing his skills in Computer Forensics. The company was renamed DFW Computer Integration in 2015.

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