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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by Dry Lips View Post
    ArsTechnica just had an interesting article…
    That was great reading, thank you.
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    how about a virtual box running gwbasic full screen?

    one of my favorite responses to scammers and spammers is, " unless yo are applying for the position of sex slave do not contact me again." works every time.
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by stalkingwolf View Post
    how about a virtual box running gwbasic full screen?
    Well, it makes no difference what you put on your screen. With LogMeIn or TeamViewer (the scammers' choice of remote control), they take control of your Windows machine. They can upload and download files without your knowledge, among other actions.
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    I don't get the calls anymore because I don't have a landline, but I'd love to see how they would fare with Windows 8.
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdalbum View Post
    I'd love to see how they would fare with Windows 8.
    Just the same as for Windows XP, Vista and 7. Once they have administrative control of your machine, their imagination (and the victim's naivety) is the limit.
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    Steven Mitchell

    So... I got home today and my wife told me about an interesting phone call.

    The caller ID said Steven Mitchell so she picked up. Instead of a guy from Indiana, she hears somebody from India (presumably). He starts telling her there's something wrong with her computer. He asks if boot up seems like it's been taking a long time. She says no (she uses Linux like I do) and asks why he's calling. He says because "they've" detected a problem with her system. He describes some other symptoms and asks if she can get on her computer. She asks what's going on. He rattles off some Windows issues and finally she tells him she uses Linux (after baiting him). With that, he hangs up.

    So... far as I know, this is a first. Whad'ya think he was gonna' do? I wished he'd called me instead. I would have strung him out to find out but she was nervous...
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    Re: Steven Mitchell

    Maybe lead her to some phishing site that makes it look like he's helping to fix her computer.
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    Re: Steven Mitchell

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    Re: Steven Mitchell

    Oh! Here it is. Maybe. Interesting. Really wish I'd gotten this phone call.
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    Re: Steven Mitchell

    If you have some time to spare/waste take a look at this.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ighlight=phone

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