Which is more important in obtaining the truth, "what" or "why"? Trick question. They are of equal importance.
Freely ye have received, freely give.
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.
It might be entertaining to run Windows RG in full-screen and see what they make of that.
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
This is a well known scam, they usually call from VOIP numbers like this:
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"
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.
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
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)
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.
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.