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  1. #181
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    If anyone is still getting calls and uses a VM, try adding a few programs to the startup programs e.g. 100x IE. Should give you some laughs.
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    I remember I got a call from them. Dude told me I had a virus on Windows. I laughed and hung up.
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    Re: How to really secure VPS against hacking scam?

    i received a live phone call to eventually get me to download AA_v3.exe.

    It was clearly a scam, i played along as a dumb and plausible person.
    i agree with others, waste their time, as much as you can, it saves another victim.

    I am ubuntu linux
    I took him to the wire, 1.5 hours of his life
    many long painful silences and i pushed it to the limit,
    often picked up saying 'it's just re-booting, won't be long' then dashing away
    I never actually lied at any time.

    my side of the conversation went like this...


    'Oh really, a Microsoft Windows engineer, yes my machine is going slow'
    'Really, i have been infected, oh no, what should i do'
    'No i don't have any AV software, i thought XP was safe'

    'Yes I pressed the Win + R key but nothing happened.
    12 Mins: of finding my Downloads folder.
    'i clicked it but i'm not sure it's working i will reboot again'
    4 Mins:
    'yes i am on the website right now and clicked the link, i should re-boot?'
    4 Mins: i can hear him, ' please sir, there is no need to re-boot again'
    'be with you in a minute, i'm sure it's faster but it takes longer to login now'

    'yes it downloaded AA_v3.exe, should i click it and re-boot?'
    ' i'm logged in again, no i don't see a message but it's going much faster'
    'so you need me to go to another website and login to confirm it's me?'
    'yes it downloaded should i click it?'
    'wow thanks, it's going even faster now, I'll tell my wife Edith'
    2 Mins:
    'She' s just switching her computer on, it's a bit slow but she only uses it for banking'
    5 Mins:

    We howled in silence
    I picked up the phone to keep him engaged and spurted short messages
    'just checking with the wife now, she's going to download a recipe and see if it's quicker'
    3 Mins
    'Yes brilliant she's very pleased and is already preparing the oven'

    He left when I told him the message said 'you need windows to run this type of file'

    I claim me as king of the scam baiters as i stole 1.5 hours.
    Last edited by ndmaque; June 6th, 2012 at 12:02 AM.

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    Re: How to really secure VPS against hacking scam?

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    Re: How to really secure VPS against hacking scam?

    Quote Originally Posted by ndmaque View Post
    He left when I told him the message said 'you need windows to run this type of file'

    I claim me as king of the scam baiters as i stole 1.5 hours.
    Good work sir!

    I don't suppose there's a way to record these things?

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    Re: How to really secure VPS against hacking scam?

    Quote Originally Posted by weasel fierce View Post
    Good work sir!

    I don't suppose there's a way to record these things?
    hmm not sure, there are lots of phone recording gadgets (plugs into phone socket no pc required)

    i guess it would be easyish to plumb something up to record live phone but a soldering iron would be required.

    i use motion to store my camera activity so using soundrec to store audio would be possible i guess.

    anyways if i hadder recorded mine it would be on youtube front.

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    Re: How to really secure VPS against hacking scam?

    Quote Originally Posted by weasel fierce View Post
    Good work sir!

    I don't suppose there's a way to record these things?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjKjyMKj3n4

    edit:
    here is the related blog post:
    http://www.troyhunt.com/2012/02/scam...irus-call.html
    Last edited by Dry Lips; June 6th, 2012 at 08:24 PM.

  8. #188
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    Re: How to really secure VPS against hacking scam?

    @drylips

    he he the link you sent was wonderful

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjKjyMKj3n4

    it was just like my convo, the aussie was good

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    A friend of mine gets those some times and what they do is this :

    When they ask for someone they tell that that person is not here but this person is would you like to speak to them ? If ok they ( they have a system to forward a call ) forward the call to the local neighborhood police unit / station ?

    Ha Ha .

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    What we need is a gadget than can automatically converse with the scammer.

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