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    Windows Best Help

    So yeah, just got a phone call on my land-line phone from "Windows Best Help", some kind of rampant social engineering scam. Apparently my Linux computer has all sorts of Windows viruses running on it and is sending information to their servers and I need to let them into my machine.

    I've never had one of these calls before from an actual person. This guy had a thick Indian accent. He started talking about my Windows computer having issues and I just said, "All my computers run Linux, and I'm an IT Specialist". They just hung up on me mid-sentence.

    I think I'm going to create a Windows XP virtual machine and if they call back, let them into that and just see what all they ask me to do, maybe see if I can figure out where they're connecting from, run a whois on it and see who owns the domain and report them to police or the F.B.I. or something.

    Anybody else get calls from these guys lately?
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    Re: Windows Best Help

    Yes, I had several such calls some months ago. At first I talked to them before I hung up, but after a while I did not bother to say anything, only hung up. If you have time, and enjoy it, play with them! At least that guy is busy with you and can't do any harm to other people during that time

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    Re: Windows Best Help

    Be careful about teasing them. I know someone who did that, and then got pestered for ages by a debt collection agency after refusing to pay for the repair work they did.

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    Re: Windows Best Help

    I got calls from people like them before. Person claimed my Windows XP needs updates or fixes, or something.

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    Re: Windows Best Help

    I generally don't try engaging calls like that ... my ploy is to answer the calls and say nothing which keeps the caller busy. Or sometimes I answer and then immediately hang up on callers that have blocked their number.
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    Re: Windows Best Help

    Just hang up.
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    Re: Windows Best Help

    I don't know if I have gotten a call like that. If a caller is in my contact list then their name is displayed. If there is no name displayed, I ignore it and wait to see if they leave a message. Sometimes I will Google the missed call # just out of curiosity.
    Use whatever OS or desktop works for you. Dual boot or use VMs if you want. Backup your computer regularly, and definitely before upgrading, partitioning, or installing an OS.

    No support requests by PM please.

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    Re: Windows Best Help

    Wonder why they haven't caught them yet with all the NSA spying.

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    Re: Windows Best Help

    *laugh!!* Yeah, I used to get a few calls like that. I told the guy, "You know, what you're doing is illegal." He said "Go to an insane asylum!" and hung up. Made me laugh a little, I have to say.

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    Re: Windows Best Help

    why don't you buy a cool new windows xp just $10

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