Be care I just got a call my system has been hacked.

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I know it wasn't Microsoft since I know they would NEVER call and would not know if your system was hacked. Guy knew my wife's name and asked for me. Big Mistake on their part. I am no push over and knew it was a scam. I said how did you know my system has been hacked? Never got a straight answer and they want me to allow them on the computer to fix it. Microsoft through their forums has similar people having same call. The called back again insisting that I have been hacked? Be careful its hoax to get you to give them access to your computer.

Just though pass it on to let people know that people will try anything to get your data.

Really ticks me off they tried when I told them I was A+ certified they still would not back off and keep insisting I had been hacked.

Whoever it was they are complete losers and I can't be had that easy.
 

ekuest

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idk man, kinda sounds like you have the trololol virus. pm me your ip address and login info and i'll be happy to check it out for you.
 

5tharrow

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My father received a similar call about a month ago. Luckily, I happened to be there and he handed me the phone. The guy on the phone identified himself as "Jack Cooper" with a thick accent and said he worked for "Windows." I asked "Where are you calling from 'Jack'?" and he replied "Denver. I work for Windows and your computer is leaking information onto the Internet. I need for you to sit in front of the computer so I can guide you on how to stop the leak."

I told "Jack" to "go jump off a bridge and never call this number again" and hung-up on him. In hindsight, I should have told him to jump over a candlestick, but I was off my game I guess.
 

ekuest

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haha i like that idea 5tharrow. yeah if this guy calls my parents they are screwed. i'll warn them when i see them on thursday. practice safe computering everyone!
 

bullet-worm

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I've gotten this call before and played along for a while, right up until the "rep" wanted me to click a button that would give him remote access to my machine so that he could "fix" my computer. I kept playing dumb with him and kept him tied up for 15 minutes. He finally gave up and hang up on me. Ah well, I wasn't doing anything important anyway.

Wish I had a virtual machine up and running, would have been interesting to see what he was really up to.

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stiltner

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LOL. I wonder how many people fall for this

100's of thousands yearly.

Worldwide.

Its a disease on the industry, because the average consumer isn't even smart enough to realize they got scammed.

Then they call the mfg that the scammer said they were, and it tarnishes good names.

But yes, newsflash, there's a lot of stupid people that will believe anything when you tell it to them. They refuse to process the information to determine if its true, so they just take face value.
 

wtburnette

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100's of thousands yearly.

Worldwide.

Its a disease on the industry, because the average consumer isn't even smart enough to realize they got scammed.

Then they call the mfg that the scammer said they were, and it tarnishes good names.

But yes, newsflash, there's a lot of stupid people that will believe anything when you tell it to them. They refuse to process the information to determine if its true, so they just take face value.

Exactly right. The average consumer is an idiot. What's worse is the fact that most people use a computer at work and some have for decades and they still don't even know computer basics. When I worked on the helpdesk/desktop, we used to get calls all the time about the most basic things, changing resolution, switching dsplays, how to find an app if there wasn't a shortcut on the desktop, etc. Every year management would ask us how to cut down on helpdesk calls and every year I told them to either train their end users in computer basics, or hire smarter people. Now I find out the company I work for doesn't even have mandatory security training. It's voluntary but if you take the training you might win a prize... :rolleyes:
 

Demon10000

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I received this call a while back and played along. The guy had me looking in the event viewer for errors. He said that if there were errors there, it meant I was infected.

Realistically, everyone has errors/warnings in their event log that are pretty meaningless. The average user doesn't even know what event viewer is. So taking them to the event viewer and actually showing them error messages is good for their scam.

I wrapped the guy up for a good half hour. Figured I could keep him from scamming someone else if I held onto the call long enough.
 

dbwillis

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they called me a few weeks ago....I played along and even kept giving them the wrong code from teamviewer (just added 1 each time)
 

Domingo

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I got one of those at work last week. I actually thought it was my parent company, but the repeated use of "surely" clued me in that it was from India.
 

octoberasian

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I've heard of stories like this. In many cases, they use an infected computer to hold your computer hostage, call you and ask you over the phone to pay X amount of money to release its hold. I believe in one article I read online, that in many cases that you can't remove this infection as it locks down every EXE file including the antivirus and antispyware software. The solution is format everything.

How they get your number? Anything from clicking a phishing e-mail to answering a phone call you believe comes from a legitimate source and they ask your contact details, then call back again. Or, they use calling lists like telemarketers and call random people to get their contact details. Often times the computer is not infected but they'll call anyway and say it is. Then, they'll ask the person over the phone to pay X amount of money to have that caller remove it.

It is utterly sad that people fall for this, and many times the callers pretend to be from legitimate companies like Microsoft saying your computer got infected with something.

TL;DR: DON'T FALL FOR IT!!!

Use common sense, be smart about it. No one will ever call you to tell you that your computer is infected. Microsoft and Dell, and the like will not and do not give courtesy calls warning you of an infection and asking for money in exchange of removing it. It does not work that way. Do not answer these phone calls. Be weary on who and where you post your phone number and other contact details online. Do not go clicking phishing e-mails such as those that say your account got compromised and need you to update your password, etc. If you see the e-mail or web address points to something like...
Code:
microsoft.win.ru
paypal.su.cz
www2.adobe.fl.cn
... DON'T CLICK IT. Close the browser and mark the e-mail as junk and/or delete it.

Again, use your brain, think about it carefully, and use common sense. It'll save you money and headaches in the long run.
 

pxc

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No offense, but someone would have to be pretty stupid to fall for that kind of scam.
 

pcjunkie

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LOL. I wonder how many people fall for this

My dad did (he's 81). He got a call from one of these turds about a month ago. Was all confused to the point of calling me at work while they were still on the line with him. After I figured out what was going on (in about 10 seconds) I told him to hang up. We changed his passwords and did all sorts of malwarebytes/virus scans after that...these scumbags are right up there with Cryptolocker trojan guys.
 
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cyclone3d

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I get calls from these jokers regularly.

I have started yelling "go scam somebody else" and hang up.

They still call back every week or so.

I am guessing that they are using the same calling lists that telemarketers use, especially since I get them on my work cell phone which I have never given out as well as my work desk phone which is a brand new number and has never been given out by me either.
 

Liger88

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Sounds a lot like the, "Can you hit the Start button and type Event Viewer for me? See all those errors? Yup you're infected." scam. Except, they did it completely half-assed.


4/10 on their part. That's just lazy and of course the real joke is if they have Windows 8.
 
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for tech stuff ;). Just thought I would give heads up. Funny part they called back again after. Told him where to go :).
 

Deadjasper

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They know you're an idiot when you talk to them at all. The only proper response is to hang up without a word.
 

SGA76

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Got that call too.
Guy had an Indian (India Indian) accent.
Tried to be all slick, told me my windows pc was infected.
I asked which pc, when he couldn't even tell me which version of Windows I had I knew he has full of shit.
Explained to him I'm MS A+ certified and have a degree in networking and programing and that my PCs are clean and he kept trying to say "Its your Windows PC!" over and over.
After trying to be nice for 5 minutes and hinting nicely that it was time for him to leave me alone I just exploded in a hail of curses that would make a sailer blush. Shocked the hell out of my family since I'm usually pretty mild manored.
 

MrGoat

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I keep a VM setup chock full of VERY questionable porn for the day these guys call me. They never do though... then again maybe it was just an excuse to collect that sort of stuff in the first place.... :eek:
 

FnordMan

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Wish I had a virtual machine up and running, would have been interesting to see what he was really up to.

Heh, i've got a VM just waiting but i've never have gotten one of those calls at home. Just once on the team "pager" at work, at least I think it was. The call was such a garbled mess I only heard one word in three or so.
 

MrCrispy

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Its really sad what these scumbags do. And you can't blame users, computers are too complex and they are already scared of them.

The sad thing is they only target Windows users, because its a much much greater attack surface, and then this further tarnishes the reputation of Windows/pc oem's.
 
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