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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    That gave me a few good laughs!


    I see it as a public service. As long as I have him on the phone to me, wasting his time (albeit mine as well), he is unable to sucker some innocent who is not wise to his foul fraud. Of course, I can have the virtual machine running on one desktop while I continue my work on another, thereby significantly slowing down the virtual machine's responses.
    Hey, for your windows copy, try ReactOS, if I'm not mistaken, it's still in dev stage. It's only about 50 megs and looks very much like Windows. It doesn't run off of the Linux kernel. It has it's own to emulate Windows. Might get him frustrated a little. If he's using a script, I doubt he knows to look for subtle differences especially ones that small.
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Idea:

    If you recognize it as a scam early (i.e., before they start asking about the computer), you can tell them your computer is turned off, and stall for about 15 minutes, saying that it's starting up.

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    It might be entertaining to run Windows RG in full-screen and see what they make of that.

    http://www.deanliou.com/WinRG/

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by ki4jgt View Post
    Hey, for your windows copy, try ReactOS
    I have looked at ReactOS but I was unable to get it to work. It's OK, though, I have managed to get hold of an old unused copy.

    Quote Originally Posted by undecim View Post
    If you recognize it as a scam early (i.e., before they start asking about the computer), you can tell them your computer is turned off, and stall for about 15 minutes, saying that it's starting up.
    I will do just that.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Cog View Post
    It might be entertaining to run Windows RG in full-screen and see what they make of that.
    That's funny. However, not only would that be immediately obvious, but also they could not even connect to it. They connect using TeamViewer.
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    You could also make a simple program and have it run when they connect hahaha
    The program would move the cursor to every position...! It is very annoying and very simple-to-make. I have attached the Ubuntu-version code and executable but you need to compile it for windows using QtCreator or something :/
    It is very funny anyway
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    Well, I've just had a second call in as many weeks from the scammers trying to hijack my computer.

    By the way, the caller ID shows no telephone number. Obviously.

    The first time:

    In hindsight, I realised that I could have wasted his time, delaying him for at least a few minutes from messing up someone else's computer.

    So...

    The second time:

    A few minutes ago I got another call. This time, I pretended to be curious. Here is an abbreviated version of the conversation.

    So...

    My question is, what could a person do in preparation for the next call, to waste as much time as possible of these deceitful scammers? The more time we waste, the less time they have to mess with a more gullible person.

    I did think of using Windows in a Virtual Box, but I don't have Windows. Although, if I did, it would run very slow on my computer, making it excitingly time-wasting!
    You have a windows start button on Linux?

    This is a well known scam, they usually call from VOIP numbers like this:

    http://www.whycall.me/25240212258.html

    he called me up and I went on my daughters Windows Machine (teenagers... what are you gonna do huh?)

    He'll try to get you to open up Event viewer, then he'll find an error, there's ALWAYS errors in Windows event viewer. Then like an oscar winning actor he'll say "OMG, do not click this error, this is very dangerous!"

    then the pitch will come in where I need to download latest anti-virus. If you dig up info on them you'll soon find out that Windows users lose an average of 800+ dollars, I don't understand why people don't just buy a new computer with this type of "Repair expense"

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    I love playing along with these people and wasting their time. I will always give them blatantly false information and pretend that I am an idiot who cannot do the simplest task on a computer and then when they ask to take control of my PC I always say 'ok but may I first have you telephone number, email address and street address?' They always hang up, good times.

    That's if I have time of course. If I don't I just tell them to leave off and hang up.
    Last edited by oldos2er; November 10th, 2011 at 11:58 PM. Reason: Removed inappropriate language.

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Only thing I use my landline for is to connect my DSL,
    I dont even keep the ringer on. lol

    But this kinda makes me want to get a call from these clowns. lol

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    They rang my SIL some time ago, and unfortunately for them, I answered the phone.

    THEM: Good afternoon, this is (name) from Microsoft.
    ME: No you're not!
    THEM: Not what?
    ME: You're not from Microsoft!
    THEM: Yes, yes I am.
    ME: OK, I'll play your game.
    THEM: What game?
    ME: This scammers game you want to play.
    THEM: [silence - hang up]

    A few days later, they rang again, this time on our landline, and again, I answered. Keep in mind our ph# is on the Do Not Call register.

    THEM: Hello, my name is [name] and I'm ringing from Microsoft about your computer.
    ME: My computer? The computer that I use? (My laptop is Ubuntu only)
    THEM: Yes, we have found some virus' on it.
    ME: Can you hold the line please?
    I put the phone down and go get the mobile. I then punch some random numbers so that the mobile beeps, then wait about 30 seconds before picking up the phone.
    ME: OK, how can you help me?
    THEM: What was all that beeping?
    ME: Oh that! I was just tapping in to my work so that this call can be traced. Did you now that I work for ASIO? (In real life, ASIO is Australian Security Intelligence Organisation)
    THEM: ASIO?
    ME: Yes, the Australian Scam Investigation Office.
    THEM: [hang up].

    Haven't had calls from them on either phone since.
    Last edited by Dale61; November 12th, 2011 at 07:34 AM.

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by sectshun8 View Post
    I just like how they call somehow "knowing" you have a virus... yet they can't tell you what type of computer you're using? They sure are phishing, and sadly, I bet it works sometimes
    Sadly, my niece fell for their 'charm', and within 5 minutes of hanging up (after she gave them access to her laptop), she was on the phone to me asking what had happened. I told her that she had just been scammed, so reformat the HDD and start with a fresh install.

    She didn't have the back-up discs, and she didn't make any when advised to when she first got the laptop, so it cost her A$120 to get her local pc repair shop to do the work.

    The problem is she is so stupid that she WILL fall for it again, so I have told her that I no longer fix Windows pc's as it is just a waste of my time. She wasn't happy about it, but it's not my problem any more.

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