Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me
looking for freeware

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Alert! New MS Phone Scam

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Security Help

A reader wrote with an alert about a new twist on an old phone scam:  “I am writing because of a phone scam. I received a call, taken by my answering machine, that stated that my Windows license key had expired, all my Windows functions had been stopped on my computer, and it was an emergency to call an 800 number to reinstate. First, as you know, the license key doesn’t expire, and second, I pay money to Microsoft for other things such as Office 365. That’s not how they handle billing.”


Thanks for letting us now. I don’t really have much more to add to that. You’re right. License keys don’t expire on home systems. Microsoft doesn’t call you at home. They’re just hoping to hit someone who might be having a bit of computer trouble and work them into a panic.

Folks still fall for these scams every single day. Remember, Microsoft will NEVER call you at home out of the blue. The only time you’ll get a call from Microsoft is if you go to their tech support site and request to have someone call you.  Any other time, it’s a scam.

~ Cynthia

Tags: , , , , ,

4 Responses to “Alert! New MS Phone Scam”

  1. Ernest White says:

    I had a few myself

  2. JJM says:

    Received similar call claiming “all my Windows functions had been stopped on my computer”. Knew it was Scam but had some time to waste their time so asked them why Office was still fully operational on a machine running MS OS, then kept them on phone while I ‘presumably’ shut down and restarted computer. Of course for their benefit it ‘presumably’ took 10 minutes to Stop and Start.
    IF MS had stopped or resulted in error message I would have been concerned but never comply with an unsolicited call from someone I don’t know.

  3. Chris says:

    I received a call stating that something was wrong with my computer and was asked if I could go to my computer………..I hung up.

  4. Ted says:

    thank you for the tip… also received call… also hung up

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

looking for freeware
WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive