I was online looking at homes to buy in a realtor site, got a sudden pop-up of a large red box warning me not to go further that malware was present and to call a number located at the bottom of the red box. I did so and got a foreign person I had trouble understanding on the phone. He said he was a company who worked with Microsoft to offer protection for my PC. He showed me a screen with 3 protection packages. One was for approximately $300, one for $497 and one for almost $900. The most expensive was for lifetime protection of my PC. I told him I had elderly parents and he said he would give me the $497 package to save me money-yeah right! so I asked if he would take a check, and he said yes. took a picture of the check and put it on my desktop- I also gave him remote access to my laptop for an hour. He also gave me his full address to send him the check. Which I did not. He said he would use the picture on my desktop. All said and done I received several calls to see how my PC was working during that week. One call asked if I had a retailer near by- Walgreen’s Cvs, etc. He wanted me to leave the house and purchase Google Play cards for around $300 and call him back with the numbers and Pin so he could install more software. I then realized I was scammed! I told him I could not leave the house, so he said he would call back later in the week. He might have but I didn’t pick up the call when he called. They did try to cash my check with their own made out check but luckily for me they could not- since the original check I still had. Yet they did use my bank’s routing and my account number on their fake check. Thankfully they did return my money to the checking account I still had open, which made me very happy!