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Gotta love the fake IT calls

Discussion in 'Computers' started by andruoid, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Scam/Spam IT "Support" Calls
    Anyone else here getting fake IT emergency calls? Someone calls you saying "Hi I'm so-in-so from the IT helpdesk/tech support and we have been monitoring your computer, you have a problem with a virus" or "your system has been compromised." "Here is how we can help".

    ...really? I say; what do i have to do?

    Caller says: is your computer on?
    No I say.
    [first error on his part, how can he be monitoring my computer if the thing is off ]

    Caller says: turn on the computer and login.
    I say, OK done.
    Caller says: click on the Start button. I say, Start button? There is no Start button, you are right! Something is wrong! What do I do?

    Caller says: are you sure there is no Start button?
    Yes I assured him.

    I told him there is a Foot print mark in it's place. Caller says Foot print? I say yeah, ever heard of Gnome in Linux? I'd play along a bit more pal but I'm hungry and want to finish off my sandwich, bye.

    ...We have 2 phone lines in the house and this is the 4th call in a few months. I have call block but they are probably a different group each time. Like i said, if I wasn't hungry I would have wasted a bit more of his time.

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  2. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    Never gotten those calls. Lol.

    You handled it well - gives me food for thought....
  3. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Android Expert

    Failed social engineering? Very well handled though.
  4. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    There used to be an awesome script to be used against telemarketers- let me look for it - I don't have it anymore b/c of my failed HDs last month....
  5. Luke Kellett

    Luke Kellett Member

    Awesome play dude, I hope I get one of those calls so I can do the same :)
  6. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Extreme Android User

    You know, you're the second person now I've heard that's gotten a call like this. There must be some sort of scam going on.
  7. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I've never heard of it before.

    If anyone else gets one, please would they mind playing along so we know what they're after? Give them fake everything though ;)
  8. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Next time (and I'm sure there will be one) I will.
  9. starxpilot

    starxpilot Android Enthusiast

    I have NEVER heard of this....really wish I'd get a call, love to play with them. :3
  10. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter

    It would releave some boredom
  11. Casual Pete

    Casual Pete Android Enthusiast

    Oddly, my mother got one of these calls whilst I was there, I didn't handle it quite as well as you though,the bloke got a load of expletives shouted at him (by me,damn my foul mouth)

    I've got her using Linux though, mainly because she's using my old Toshiba laptop from years gone by, but she gets so many spam callers she's kind of adept a recognising the fake callers from the real ones.

    It's still not nice though, for them to target people who are not so sure of computers and new technology, it's obvious to see why some are still scared to embrace it all.

    It wouldn't surprise me if they where going to get you to open the browser and download a virus or something.

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