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Windows 7: Just had my first PC scam phonecall :D

05 Apr 2011   #31
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

I didn't realize they've become so brazen.
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05 Apr 2011   #32
MWRed

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

If I ever got one of these calls, I couldn't help myself......i'd play on until he either got fed up, or until I told him i'm not stupid and falling for ur crap.

Or.
"Sir, we've detected that your pc has a virus"


Me:
"Oh, that's scary.......considering I don't have a pc. Ah, wait, you mean my imaginary pc has a virus? Well, let's get it fixed then, right away!"

Of course, I do, but he doesn't know that.
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05 Apr 2011   #33
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i suppose it all depends what sort of mood i was in at the time.

i may play along, winding them up, or i may just tell them to 'go away', rather impolitely.
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05 Apr 2011   #34
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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What's TPS Ciara?
Come on John this is a must for everybody in the UK, stop all unwanted UK marketing/sales phone calls

TPS Registration

Also to stop junk mail

MPS online

This is great. Thanks for that John. I've now registered with both, I really hadn't heard of either service. If it works I will be really pleased.
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05 Apr 2011   #35
Kari

 

I'm jealous, geeks! Why don't they call me? I really want them to call me! Please scammers, try me! I'm easy to convince! I promise I'll let you at least to first base! Please call me!

Waiting to hear from you!

Kari
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05 Apr 2011   #36
smarteyeball

 
 

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So my question is, what are they trying to accomplish with this scam?
afaik, they eventually talk you into installing teamviewer or similar, then once they're in control of your pc, who knows what they install onto it?
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Yep. The approach can vary, but ultimately it's to let them remote in, install keyloggers etc and then mine your PC for details.

The other scam is to claim that they have 'found the virus' and can remove it for you on the spot for a fee. All you have to do is give them your CC details over the phone... and then they often still install nasties

It is brazen, but it works.
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05 Apr 2011   #37
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I'm jealous, geeks! Why don't they call me? I really want them to call me! Please scammers, try me! I'm easy to convince! I promise I'll let you at least to first base! Please call me!

Waiting to hear from you!

Kari
Kari,


Didn't you get this one ????


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05 Apr 2011   #38
Kari

 

Yeah, Doc, I got that once again on St. Patrick's, but it wont work for me. Or at least it's too easy, after getting it to my rig I just had to restore an image.

I want challenge! I would let them in to a vm, to see what they are doing.

Kari
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06 Apr 2011   #39
geeve420

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot
 
 

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I want challenge! I would let them in to a vm, to see what they are doing.

Kari
That would be funny, even funnier if you could preinfect your VM, so when they logged into it, they would get a nasty virus. Then you could offer to fix it for them. LOL!

Geeve
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06 Apr 2011   #40
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Unfortunately, social engineering remains one of the effective ways to compromise someones computer.

You can't be too paranoid nowadays when it comes to computer safety.
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