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Posted: Thursday, 01 May 2014 3:30PM

Microsoft Patches IE, SW Michigan Residents Get Suspected Scam Calls

Microsoft has released a patch today for its Internet Explorer browser to fix what it called a major security flaw when it was announced over the weekend. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had urged people to use a different web browser until that was done. Southwest Michigan residents received phone calls from apparent scam artists trying to exploit the issue. The WSJM newsroom has received several calls from people telling us they were contacted by someone wanting to help fix their browser, as we hear in this voice mail.


Another person told our newsroom the call they received showed up as all zeros on the caller ID and the person on the other end of the line asked them to go to a website to give the caller control of their computer. Everyone we've spoken to or has left a message has refused the caller's offer for help. Despite ending support for its Windows XP operating system, Microsoft has released a patch for Internet Explorer users still on that system.


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