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#1 lolcats

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 09:39 AM

I received an email from my father in law today about a phone call he got yesterday. He wrote:

I got a call from a company that said they were Microsoft today telling me my computer was sending out information that I had a problem. They wanted me to click on the microsoft button and press the letter R. They really tried high pressure to get me to do it

After reading the email I Googled computer scam windows +r and found that this has been going on for quite a while in Australia and Canada.
Apparently the scammers are starting up in the United States. Just thought I'd give a heads up.

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#2 snemelk

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 04:26 PM

Yep, it has been going on for some time now... Not only in countries where people speak English, and not only via landline phones (scammers use Skype as well)...

A recent article on this: Phone scammers target PC users with phony virus reports

And an interesting quote from this article: Scammed pensioner told heavy rain caused computer virus infection

An Australian newspaper reports that a 93-year-old woman has been scammed by criminals who rang her up, pretending to be Microsoft, and told her that she had a virus infection on her computer.

(...)

According to the media reports:

Mrs Hamblin was told recent heavy rain and storms had caused more computer viruses to circulate.

Yes, you read that right.


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Posted 12 December 2011 - 07:40 PM

I have been called several times by these criminals. No calls for quite a while now since i called them common criminals and said to go ahead and scan my computer because my custom rootkit would identify them personally, trash their entire network and take all their stolen money for charity. B)

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:24 PM

I have been called several times by these criminals. No calls for quite a while now since i called them common criminals and said to go ahead and scan my computer because my custom rootkit would identify them personally, trash their entire network and take all their stolen money for charity. B)


Nice one, LOL. I can't wait for the day that we can really do this.



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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:01 AM

hehe i wish they call me so i can scam them back :whistle:

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