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Windows 7: Activating by phone, asked to put MB receipt on my Desktop!

2 Weeks Ago   #1
Basil

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 
Activating by phone, asked to put MB receipt on my Desktop!

I dialed what appears to be a genuine MS Activation number 0800 0188354 (carefully) on my cell phone and got through to a real person in due course. The precedings seemed legit. She opened a "ticket number" took my cell phone number and my e-mail address, and when I said I needed to activate 7 Pro on a new motherboard and hard drive she wanted me to take a photo of the MB receipt and place it n my Desktop whilst she waited. I asked if she'd be able to view things on my Desktop from what sounded like an Asian call centre and she said yes... I decided to call back later... This has to be a scam, surely, or have I become paranoid and need to put the Bacofoil away? Ta!


I did Google phone activation of Windows and photo of receipt and drew a near blank. I have the receipt but how could MS view it just placed on my Desktop as a photo?


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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how could MS view it just placed on my Desktop as a photo?
They can't unless you give them control of your pc.
I have not heard of this drama before.

Very odd. It is free number so you could call again and maybe get somebody more helpful.
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Where did you get that phone number? You can't activate Windows online?

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Okay, number looks legit. Strange they would have you post an image on your desktop like that. That doesn't make sense at all.
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

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