On Thursday October 10, 2013 California USA Time Zone Just Got a Call Received a call from: 888-888-8888. Gentleman had an Indian accent and was calling because my computer had sent corrupted files to the "Google Server". Had me look in various places on my computer which showed red error messages and yellow warning messages. Had me go a site called "teamviewer" which allowed him to remotely use my computer. He showed me the same things that I had done earlier via his tutelage and said that for about 45 min. I was to let them fix my computer by getting rid of all of the warnings. He said that it would be a one-time payment, at the end, which would allow me to continue to use this service, and I would have to go on line and do the payment in a different manner as they do not do anything with credit cards themselves, but he did ask me what I would be using as a credit card (e.g., Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard, etc.) Then all I had to do was to wait and he would call back when completed, and he'd show me that it was cleared/cleaned up. I waited but was very nervous about this - I never thought I'd fall for anything. I got online with my cell phone and quickly looked up that Microsoft would never do anything like this. During this time I was watching what was being 'done'. It looked like someone was just looking at what he'd had me do earlier, then clicking off, then doing about the same thing (fake busy work to me). I clicked off the Internet connection. The man called back and I told him I was uncomfortable with having someone remotely working on my computer. He told me that he'd given me a number to call to verify (this number was: 213-455-3317). I did not call that back at that time and he said he'd wait while I called it. I hung up the phone with him.
My thought is that when I told him the kind of card I had, this was used to 'scan' my computer, along with my telephone number and email address that he had. When you order something online, you use your telephone number and email address, so this info. would help them identify areas in my computer. I have NO idea if my hard drive was copied, or what happened. I never thought that I would be gullible and fall for something like this - yes, I am assuming that this was totally fake ... Please no one else fall for this. As of right now, I have no clue what harm this has done to my computer and to any financial info. that they may have gotten.