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Scam? Calls from SB3 Inc on inf junk files?

repitall 2,156 543 June 28, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Trying to find out if this is a scam or not.
Last 2 days been getting calls from SB3 Inc in Ridgewood NJ asking me to check certain services to see if they are running. Also additional calls on my wife's computer. Been blowing them off, but today I decided to play along for a while. I checked on MS site and they are a certified partner. http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-...4295976677 I also have a return phone number that doesn't answer til about after about 20 rings and goes to voicemail. ( bad sign )
They claim that they are calling all Windows users to try and correct an issue that allows .inf junk files to be accumulated in Windows/Inf folder that don't get deleted and accumulate over time. These files are typically driver files and some may be necessary.
The services they have you check include Windows Update, Windows Installer and Software Protection among others to check and see if these services are stopped.
They want to transfer me to Microsoft to access their server to correct these issues.

I ask for a MS article that explains this issue and couldn't get one.

I find it hard to believe that MS would care enough about a computer wasting space accumulating unnecessary files and trying to correct the problem. I have probably left a few things out, but you get the idea.

I did my googling and found similar type scam calls, but not the same.

I just aint buying this.

Thought I would pass it along and see if anyone have any info on this.

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It's a guaranteed scam. Ignore and move on.
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Even if it was ligit as small as these files are I would not touch them they are not hurting anything. Plus how would they have gotten your number from MS anyway (or MS gotten it in the first place)?
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Even if it was ligit as small as these files are I would not touch them they are not hurting anything. Plus how would they have gotten your number from MS anyway (or MS gotten it in the first place)?
I asked them how they got my number and they said from MS. Couldn't remember if I have ever given MS my number for some order or something.

Damn they just called again..."Out Of Area", so no number to block.
Gonna notify SB3, so they know someone is using their name.
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Quote from repitall View Post :
Trying to find out if this is a scam or not.
Last 2 days been getting calls from SB3 Inc in Ridgewood NJ asking me to check certain services to see if they are running. Also additional calls on my wife's computer. Been blowing them off, but today I decided to play along for a while. I checked on MS site and they are a certified partner. http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-...4295976677 I also have a return phone number that doesn't answer til about after about 20 rings and goes to voicemail. ( bad sign )
They claim that they are calling all Windows users to try and correct an issue that allows .inf junk files to be accumulated in Windows/Inf folder that don't get deleted and accumulate over time. These files are typically driver files and some may be necessary.
The services they have you check include Windows Update, Windows Installer and Software Protection among others to check and see if these services are stopped.
They want to transfer me to Microsoft to access their server to correct these issues.

I ask for a MS article that explains this issue and couldn't get one.

I find it hard to believe that MS would care enough about a computer wasting space accumulating unnecessary files and trying to correct the problem. I have probably left a few things out, but you get the idea.

I did my googling and found similar type scam calls, but not the same.

I just aint buying this.

Thought I would pass it along and see if anyone have any info on this.
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This should be the world's biggest red flag. With flares and fireworks going off behind it.
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Saw the SB3 reference in the first link which this call had in common.

Just a new twist on a an old scam.
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Quote from repitall View Post :
Trying to find out if this is a scam or not.
Last 2 days been getting calls from SB3 Inc in Ridgewood NJ asking me to check certain services to see if they are running. Also additional calls on my wife's computer. Been blowing them off, but today I decided to play along for a while. I checked on MS site and they are a certified partner. http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-...4295976677 I also have a return phone number that doesn't answer til about after about 20 rings and goes to voicemail. ( bad sign )
They claim that they are calling all Windows users to try and correct an issue that allows .inf junk files to be accumulated in Windows/Inf folder that don't get deleted and accumulate over time. These files are typically driver files and some may be necessary.
The services they have you check include Windows Update, Windows Installer and Software Protection among others to check and see if these services are stopped.
They want to transfer me to Microsoft to access their server to correct these issues.

I ask for a MS article that explains this issue and couldn't get one.

I find it hard to believe that MS would care enough about a computer wasting space accumulating unnecessary files and trying to correct the problem. I have probably left a few things out, but you get the idea.

I did my googling and found similar type scam calls, but not the same.

I just aint buying this.

Thought I would pass it along and see if anyone have any info on this.
Tell them you have a Mac. Got similar calls on GV number. It is a scam regardless what they say.

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Saw the SB3 reference in the first link which this call had in common.

Just a new twist on a an old scam.
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I asked them how they got my number and they said from MS. Couldn't remember if I have ever given MS my number for some order or something.

Damn they just called again..."Out Of Area", so no number to block.
Gonna notify SB3, so they know someone is using their name.
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Thanks for taking the time to share that information. That was indeed a scam call and Microsoft has already raised a warning about callers claiming to be from the company.

I have received a call purportedly from Microsoft before, through the number 206-456-0661, and the caller claimed there was a virus in my computer. Said that it's been sending alerts to their database and that I should give the caller remote access so he could fix it. That only made me laugh. I told the caller Microsoft would never call me about my computer. Why would they? I got a Mac.
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Thanks for taking the time to share that information. That was indeed a scam call and Microsoft has already raised a warning about callers claiming to be from the company.

I have received a call purportedly from Microsoft before, through the number 206-456-0661, and the caller claimed there was a virus in my computer. Said that it's been sending alerts to their database and that I should give the caller remote access so he could fix it. That only made me laugh. I told the caller Microsoft would never call me about my computer. Why would they? I got a Mac.
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And I didn't have to raise a warning about the phone number anymore. When I googled it, I pulled up http://www.callercenter.com/206-456-0661.html along with several complaints associating the phone number to the scam. Hmm..
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