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Thread: Ubuntu thwarts phisher phone call!

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    Talking Ubuntu thwarts phisher phone call!

    <ring, ring, ring...>

    My Girlfriend: Hello?
    Person: Hello, My name is <blah> and I am calling to see if you use windows.
    My Girlfriend: Nope.
    Person: You dont? Are you sure? Im talking about your computer at home.
    My Girlfriend: No, I use Ubuntu Linux.

    <click!>

    My Girlfriend: Hello? Are you there?


    Thanks Ubuntu and linux in general for such a great experience. Soon, We will own the world!!

    coffee

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    Re: Ubuntu thwarts phisher phone call!

    That's awesome.
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    Re: Ubuntu thwarts phisher phone call!

    It's a scam at that. lol People have been doing this for a while and it has been on the news.

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    Never had it happen to me before. Wish it would. My Girlfriend called me via cell and told me about it.

    Had to share it!

    coffee

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    Re: Ubuntu thwarts phisher phone call!

    They called me the other day claiming to be from "Windows Support", saying that my computer had been sending them error messages.

    I told them that I use Linux on all my computers and they hung up before I could tell them what scumbag scammers they are.

    However, later I thought of something better I could have done. They open an RDP connection to your computer and install something, don't they? Well I should have opened up some images from famous shock sites on my desktop before letting them in with RDP. Would have been funny to hear their reaction.
    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: Ubuntu thwarts phisher phone call!

    Yes this scam has been quite active across Australia too. Telling them you're an IT student specialising in security also brings on a quick disconnection.

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    Re: Ubuntu thwarts phisher phone call!

    Never happened here either. Good thing I put myself on the no-call list.
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    Re: Ubuntu thwarts phisher phone call!

    Awesome story. It would have been even better though, if somebody led them into a honey pot, found out who they are and got those bastards arrested.
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    Re: Ubuntu thwarts phisher phone call!

    You should have gotten them to incriminate themselves and record the whole thing, than forward it to the police.

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    Re: Ubuntu thwarts phisher phone call!

    I got a call like that a while ago, only they didn't even both to ask if I used Windows. They just dove in telling me that they'd been receiving error messages.

    Feeling somewhat bored at the time, I decided to play along as long as I could, looking up screenshots of Windows process managers so I could tell them what I was seeing.

    I managed to keep them busy for about 10 minutes before he hung up on me out of frustration at my apparent computer illiteracy. I found that to be hilarious.

    The way I see it, I only lost 10 minutes of my time, and during that time I hopefully prevented at least one gullible person from being scammed. Yay unintended public service!
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