My Mother had one of these calls when I was at her house last Sunday. She told me someone from Microsoft was saying that a virus had been detected on her computer. She handed me the phone but basically annoyance got the better of me whilst talking to this guy. So I ended up telling him to *bleep* off and never to phone here again.
I wish I hadn't got angry really. I had my laptop with me, so I could have played along with the guy for a while. Then I would have told him that I'd captured his executable and would shortly be distributing it to every major security software company in the world. I expect these 'scammers' get told to *bleep* off on a regular basis, so they are probably used to it. But I doubt these 'scammers' talk to people who are learning to remove malware very often, so that might have thrown him a bit of a curve ball. lol.
NOTE: I have VMware Workstation 7 on my laptop, so it's basically bulletproof as far as malware is concerned. It's not a good idea to play around with malware in a non-VM environment unless you know exactly what you are doing. And I haven't finished my malware removal training yet, so I'm sticking to VM for now.
Edited by marktreg, 17 November 2010 - 12:04 PM.