Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy
Have you ever received a call from someone with a heavy Indian accent from Microsoft saying your computer had errors or viruses? The purpose of these calls is to get an easy $299 (or whatever amount they choose) by scaring you into thinking there’s something really wrong with your computer and that they can fix it for you.
These telephony scams have been going on for many years and scammers keep robbing innocent people sadly because their success ratio is still worth their time and effort. It happens that I got ‘the call’ while minding my own business on a regular work day. I immediately recognized what this was all about and decided to play the game to see how far this would go.
Many thanks for this post! I just got one of these myself, and they used the same script.... I allowed them access to my computer, and since they they told me they were Microsoft Windows Repair Albany, I began a google search for that item right in front of them.... the guy immediately took control and said here is where you need to look and went to W3C Validation website and said "see... this confirms our validity." RED FLAG .... Then began the quest to pull up msconfig and note how many services were stopped.... RED FLAG.... then the error log (of course I had a lot - I was drowning in BSODs), but he said that proved my computer was full of viruses but for a small, one-time fee he could fix it for me..... ENOUGH. I hung up/disconnected from internet, and immediately changed the password on my email account. I can't believe I let this guy scam me into allowing internet access to my PC. I thought I was smarter than that.... oh well.
The point is that they are good at what they do.... just like pickpockets and other felons. This post is helpful mainly because it is a perfect capture on their game.