It is extraordinary the lengths scammers will go to create the illusion of credibility:
- web site (http://www.2gro.net/)
- twitter account (http://twitter.com/2gro)
- blog or two (http://virus-spyware-removal.blogspot.com/; http://jennacarter.wordpress.com/)
- whole heap of press releases saying they are over these malicious rumours.
Stu Forrest's experience was exactly the same as mine:
"Received a brilliant Scam call yesterday"
"From an IT Company (www.2gro.com) suggesting that my computer had been sending warning and error messages to them, that I should go to a PC Share website, download a viewer so that they could go into my PC and show me the warning messages and make my PC run better. Read more..."
The Telegraph article explains more how these scams work
"Virus phone scam being run from call centres in India"
Britons targeted by cold callers pretending to be from Microsoft phoning to fix a fake computer problem. Beware cold callers – especially those claiming your computer has a virus. Read more..."
This has been a public service announcement :-)