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Scam: "Your Computer is doing something wrong"
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davids45


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Location: Chatswood, NSW

PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug 2014, 21:02    Post subject:  Scam: "Your Computer is doing something wrong"
Subject description: Puppy (Linux) gives no comfort to 'cold callers'
 

G'day,

I suspect we are not alone in Sydney getting 'cold calls' in strong Indian accents telling us that they are seeing our computer is doing something wrong and we should let them fix this 'problem'.

I respond that "I am not using Windows", and "No, I'm not using Apples either".

I say "I use Linux"....at which point the line goes dead incredibly quickly.

You could tell your Windows/Apple-friends bothered by such calls to use this strategy of "I'm using Linux" (i.e. lie to the liars).

David S.

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dancytron

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug 2014, 21:54    Post subject:  

My mom kept getting that call.

I answered it for her one time and cussed them out and they didn't call again.

I am in Missouri (USA)
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Barkin


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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug 2014, 22:53    Post subject:  

wired.co.uk wrote:
What happens if you play along with a Microsoft 'tech support' scam?

... the scam involves people in Indian call centres ringing up and saying that they are representatives from Microsoft technical support. They then tell the victim that their computer is running slowly because of viruses or because they need an additional piece of software -- at a cost, of course ...

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-04/11/malwarebytes
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mikeb


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PostPosted: Tue 12 Aug 2014, 04:23    Post subject:  

Funny really microsoft themselves were doing this to XP users via pop ups..... who are the real criminals lol

mike
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Sylvander

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Location: West Lothian, Scotland, UK

PostPosted: Tue 12 Aug 2014, 05:19    Post subject: Re: Scam: "Your Computer is doing something wrong"
Subject description: Puppy (Linux) gives no comfort to 'cold callers'
 

davids45 wrote:
getting 'cold calls'

I NEVER accept "cold calls".
My answerphone takes ALL CALLS.
Friends and family know this, and know to speak up and identify themselves, and that I will immediately answer their call if I'm present.
Cold callers practically always hang up without speaking.
Sometimes I need to delete recorded silence.
Sometimes a machine is making the call, and speaking to my answerphone to leave a message, in which case I lift and replace the handset, and delete the portion of recorded message.

They NEVER get through to me, which is rather satisfying. Very Happy
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Puppyt

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Aug 2014, 06:31    Post subject:  

Hey, great tip Sylvander! Unfortunately I was in the same boat as davids45 with the cold-calling, but even my (ex)wife took great delight in finding just how quickly they hung up after the magic words "We use Linux" Laughing
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neerajkolte


Joined: 10 Feb 2014
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Location: Pune, India.

PostPosted: Tue 12 Aug 2014, 07:25    Post subject:  

Would you believe I got similar call.
In my case though they used American accent. (Probably me being an Indian they thought that way I would trust them.)

But I had read an post in January on www.howtogeek.com about funny way to handle them. See Here.

Luckily I was home and in front of my machine. So just like in the post, I told them to hang on till I boot my PC and booted Windows7 in QEMU-KVM in my Fatdog64.

The howtogeek guies got to 3 transferred calls and remote desktopping. I was not that patient and got bored.

After few time I just told him I m running a call trace and recording this on my Linux machine and see you soon. (Which I have no Idea how to do..... yet Wink )
The line went cold.

They call Americans with Indian accent, Indian with American and so on.
Nobody is spared.

Crooks have no nationality.......
Why should we have one, my brothers. Laughing

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