Of ‘Pings’ and Paranoia
The phone rang about three o’clock yesterday afternoon and a pleasant (though hesitant), East Indian sounding voice, asked if he was speaking to Mrs. Stevens.
“Yes,” I said, but maybe a bit tentatively. A salesman?
“How are you today?”
“Fine.” This time I was definitely tentative.
“I am calling from Microsoft and you have a computer. Is this true?”
“Yes?” I’m pretty sure that now I had the beginnings of a tone.
“How are you today?” came the voice. Didn’t we just go over that?
“I’m still fine.” Time to cut to the chase, fella.
It seems that ‘they’ were receiving many warning ‘pings’ each time I opened an email or logged onto the internet.
“Warning pings?’ I asked.
“Yes. Your computer is full of viruses. It is going to crash. Are you in front of your computer screen right now?”
“No,” I lied.
“If you go to your computer screen, I can tell you what to do. Can you do that now?”
“No, I can’t.”
“Your computer is going to crash. If you go to your computer right away, I can help you.”
I extricated myself by getting his phone number and his name – Mr. Patrick – and promised I’d call. Like that’s going to happen.
Then I went to Snopes but I couldn’t find anything similar. It’s unsettling…