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SCAM WARNING: Caller Pretending to be Microsoft Employee

Posted: Updated: - NBC Right Now wants to warn you of a scam going around in which the caller pretends to be a Microsoft employee trying to help fix an error and asking people to share access to their computer

NBC Right Now spoke with some local people today that have received several of these calls. They said the caller has a strong accent.

One viewer that asked to remain anonymous said she has gotten calls as early as 5 a.m., saying her Internet was compromised.     

The man on the line asked her to go to a web site and bypass error messages in order for him to get access to her desktop.

George Gunshefski, Walla Walla Resident and I. T. Specialist said he has been getting calls in the evening and he could hear several people in the background. He also said the caller is very knowledgeable and persist ant.

"I'm very aware of the competence level that's out there in the public and I think a lot of people could fall for this and its the best scam that I've come across," said Gunshefski.

The calls may or may not appear on the caller i.d. and one woman said that on her caller i.d. it showed Charter Communications was calling.

Gunshefski said the scammers could be trying to access personal credit card information or trying to use other people's computers to commit Internet crimes.