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Got scammed by someone that said they were from microsoft. they put a scanner on my computer and charged me $229.50 US

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Try to contact your credit card and if they can block the one that has been charged to you.

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Someone just contacted me by phone stating I needed to upgrade my Microsoft Key.. Is this a legit call?

No. There are a ton of scams especially about upgrading or security issues. Do not give any personal information ever. Do not let anyone also access your computer or devices remotely as well. They can erase or set virus after they've retrieved your information.

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I had a message from Apple that I should beware that someone was trying to get on my computer then a security service flashed on, I got panicked and I let them talk me into getting a security service.

You have been scammed Alice. Those people were not from Apple. There was no problem with your computer. Contact you credit card company and tell them you have been scammed and you want a charge back.

This link explains the scam.

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Is there really a Trojan Virus that Microsoft keeps trying to sell me a protective program for $199?

No, Microsoft Windows Defender is free to protect you against any Trojan Viruses! If someone is phoning you, they are scammers. There is also stuff called 'RansomeWare', which is a program you inadvertently execute which puts a message onscreen that you have a virus and have to phone money to get rid of it. Often it is a easy as pressing CTRL, ALT, DELETE and closing it is Task Manager.

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My computer suddenly came up with a screen purportedly from Microsoft saying that my computer had been infected with a s critical virus (something like that).

You were scammed. You need to contact ACTUAL Microsoft, immediately, and find out if there is anything you can do. Microsoft would never charge you to fix something wrong with their operating systems.

Only ever trust, Windows Defender, and Microsoft Security Essentials. Anything else is a scam or an ancient anti-virus software that offers more trouble than assistance.

I feel very sorry for your current condition, and you may need to also contact your bank to rectify the purchase, as you just paid money to illegal operations.

Jun 01, 2016 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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I have been scammed and have given all my files out to someone posing as Microsoft.

microsoft will never call you on the phone
save your data, format it and reinstall windows
cancel credit card and have re issued if they asked for one.
change your passwords
phone call scams claiming to be Microsoft

Nov 16, 2015 | Samsung Computers & Internet

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I keep getting an e-mail saying there is a suspicious charge and to log in. Is this on the level or a scam/

Yes, don't answer mail or respond when you don't know the person who is sending. Not even when they say they are Microsoft, Apple or your bank. Once you answered some simple questions, they will send more mails for more information. Or they let you click to check your computer. Once you allowed then to "check" you lost control over your own computer. Next thing will be a message you must buy a virus scanner or have to pay $100, to the FBI, because you have done something illegal.

Most mail, from senders I don't know end up in my spam folder, without notice. I only allow mail from people in my contact list.

Be wise put the mail address and the text in the subject in two different spam filters, so you don't need to see them anymore.

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Snopes fact or fiction

If someone calls you claiming to be from Microsoft and telling you that they are detecting something wrong with your computer that they want to fix, it is a scam designed to gain access to your computer to steal financial or other information.
"In short, Microsoft does not contact people out of the blue to tell them there's something wrong with their computers. Ergo, unless you've initiated contact with Microsoft about a computer problem you're having, you should dismiss as frauds any phone calls, e-mails, online chat dialogues, and the like from folks who claim they work for Microsoft and have spotted something wrong with your computer. "

Jul 24, 2014 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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