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Thread: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

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    Re: Steven Mitchell

    Quote Originally Posted by westie457 View Post
    If you have some time to spare/waste take a look at this.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ighlight=phone
    Hah! You beat me to it!
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    Re: Steven Mitchell

    Ha! Great thread. Guess I never checked that one out. Now I'm armed and dangerous. Can't wait till they call back.
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    Re: Steven Mitchell

    I know someone who listened to one of these callers, was lead to a site that installed a trojan, and then her computer was held ransom...

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    Re: Steven Mitchell

    merged threads

    There's a link in one of the links above leading to a BBC reporter talking to one after they phoned her parents - that's quite amusing if you've the time to waste

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    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.
    Their instructions about how to get to the Event Log Viewer or whatever simply wouldn't work on Windows 8.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdalbum View Post
    Their instructions about how to get to the Event Log Viewer or whatever simply wouldn't work on Windows 8.
    They'll figure out an alternative.
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Var/Log ?

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by Swagman View Post
    Var/Log ?
    No. They are sticking (at the moment) to Windows. It makes sense, because calling a household at random will nearly always find someone using Windows, and Windows is easy to mess with.
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    I like the way their facade of being a legitimate professional phonecall
    quickly drops once found out.
    Had a call last week and replied
    "I'm running Linux, so try and scam someone else monkeyboy."
    and hung up.
    Ten seconds later phone rings, pickup and hear
    "monkeyboy monkeyboy monkeyboy....." repeatedly.
    Must have hit a nerve.

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkeye View Post
    "monkeyboy monkeyboy monkeyboy....." repeatedly.
    Must have hit a nerve.
    LOL — I shall try that myself!
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