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Title: firewall-update-failed, Legitimate or Scam?
Post by: lizzzi on March 21, 2017, 11:14:48 AM
Was just reading the Daily Mail online, (I know, I know--shocking tabloid...but entertaining), when I got a series of pop-up windows purportedly from Apple saying there were attempts being made to breach my security, get my banking details...and I should call a toll-free number.

I just shut down the window I was looking at and came directly to the Forum to ask about this.

I have a MacBook Air 11" circa 2012.
Title: Re: firewall-update-failed, Legitimate or Scam?
Post by: Dave1442397 on March 21, 2017, 11:16:45 AM
Almost certainly spam. Google the toll free number (if you still have it) and see what comes up.
Title: Re: firewall-update-failed, Legitimate or Scam?
Post by: lizzzi on March 21, 2017, 02:59:21 PM
When I googled the toll-free number, it was indeed a well-known scam phone number. Thanks for the heads up--I certainly didn't intend to call the number, but would not have thought of googling it.
Title: Re: firewall-update-failed, Legitimate or Scam?
Post by: bugbaby on March 22, 2017, 01:24:43 AM
What's wrong with Daily Mail? My fave news source, for real.

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Title: Re: firewall-update-failed, Legitimate or Scam?
Post by: lizzzi on March 22, 2017, 05:29:58 AM
Sometimes they have better news articles than the more mainline newspapers, and I like to read the occasional stories about British history--old houses and such, or when they publish historic photos. And their science section has interesting stories--usually more dramatic-sounding than the mainline newspapers or journals. But I skip over the icky or disgusting-sleazy articles, like "Man Pops Ten-Centimeter Pimple" or "I Married My Grandfather and Our Child is My Mother...from Outer Space."
Title: Re: firewall-update-failed, Legitimate or Scam?
Post by: racy on March 22, 2017, 05:40:17 AM
FYI ... I got a similar message supposedly from Microsoft.  So, watch out everybody!