I am calling you to alert you about a problem in your computer

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    Jul 05, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    I've gotten 2 of these calls so far from "Windows".

    Some idiot calls telling you your computer is infected with viruses, trojans, malware, bla bla bla. They talk and talk, trying to scare you into feeling you can trust them.

    I have more tech knowledge in the head of my dick than this chick. So I wasted both of our time to make her efforts less profitable.

    It went something like this:
    ~~What's wrong with my computer?!?
    We have received reports from Smart Software in your computer through your IP that you have _____ wrong. Please go to this website to find solutions--
    ~~How did you get my phone number from my computer?
    When you bought this computer, you gave information that Microsoft collected--
    ~~And you work for Microsoft?
    No, we are a certified agent of Microsoft products.
    ~~But I built this computer myself, and I didn't install Smart Software.
    It is in every Windows system.
    ~~Where is it tho?
    On your computer
    ~~But where on the computer?
    It is in your computer's hardware. (she starts laughing at her logic fail here)
    ~~In my computer's hardware?? That doesn't make sense.

    ~~I've never seen it before, how do I open it?
    You cannot see it, it's part of Windows.
    ~~Well what folder is it in, I want to know more about this. Is it in the start menu?
    ....
    ....
    *click*

    Meh I got 5 minutes out of the scamming, lying fuckers. No incentives for you!

    TL;DR - If someone calls telling you you have a problem with your computer and you know shit about computers, don't listen. You know more about computers than they do.
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    Jul 05, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    Tell her you moved and forwarded your IP address through the USPS. She probably would believe you. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 05, 2012 8:24 PM GMT
    It's true, they have to get us to let them infect us.
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    Jul 05, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidIt's true, they have to get us to let them infect us.
    Keep your computer in a latex sleeve so they don't bareback it.
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    Jul 05, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    SkinnyBitch saidIt's true, they have to get us to let them infect us.
    Keep your computer in a latex sleeve so they don't bareback it.

    Should I fill it with spermicidal jelly first?
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    Jul 05, 2012 8:37 PM GMT
    If you have any kind of business web site, these fuckers call every day. Sometimes they try to pose as your own IT department, or someone contracted with it. And if you have google pay-per-click ads, there are the "search optimization" scams that call every day - sometimes after running up $100 of fake clicks on your account. Then there are the competitors posing as customers to snoop out your practices, the fake yellow pages listing renewals...

    I need like... Sam Kinison to answer my phone.
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    Jul 05, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidBasically no company is going to go around cold calling people to help them out. That's simply not the way things work. It's always a scam.
    Oh this wasn't a random call, she assured me of that!
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    Jul 05, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    I`ve had similar a few months back. Apparently, my 'infected' computer was causing others to malfunction!

    I played ignorant, didn`t do anything with the computer, kept asking the guy to repeat what he`d just said and generally wasted his time and money. After about five minutes he rang off.

    I`ve heard of these scams doing the rounds in the UK.
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    Jul 05, 2012 9:39 PM GMT
    I think they must have a timer by their computer. If it isn't likely that they are going to sucker you by 5 minutes, they hang up.

    The last one I got much longer. She got all flustered and I think got a manager to talk to me.

    Next time I should try to give in around 4 minutes and say I'm downloading their software. Fuckers.
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    Jul 05, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    I got this a couple of weeks ago.

    I was on a streaming website and the message from the 'metropolitan police' (London Police) claimed that my computer was being frozen and my IP address has been reported to the police.

    I knew it was a load of shit, then I read some more shit about paedophile and animal porn on the popup message so then I knew it was a load of shit coz Id never in a million years look for that sick shit.

    I just manually restarted my computer and it works still. I'm gonna back my shit up and get my bro to wipe the hard drive coz I'm sure it's lurking around my computer somewhere.

    It's sad, coz there are people out there with a little less common sense and would panic and send the money. I think they asked me for £40 ($60) or something. Not much, but if they get a good number of responses, then they are making millions.
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    Jul 05, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    In belgium they started sending this popup from the "police" with the logo and everything. My brother's girlfriend accidentally clicked on the popup and his computer got blocked somehow with the message that the reason it got blocked was because he was watching illigale stuff, when the fact was his girlfriend was watching Oprah's life class lol, it also said he had to pay 250€ fine for doing illigal activities on the computer blabla, so he called the police and they said their phones are ringing nonstop for the same matter, and he had to take a sceen shot and go to the bureau, but my brother called me instead and told me about it and I explained to him how to use system recovery on windows safe mode, and it got fixed..

    So my brother called the police again and told them that he fixed it and they asked him if he could explain the steps, and so he did. They were very thankful..
    And I was like.. icon_eek.gif Don't they have ICT people in the police departement??

    I guesse I was Belgium's new unaknowledged hero for a day icon_cool.gif

    So always be sure to have a restore point and when everything is blocked simply restart windows on safe mode and perform a system recovery..
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    Jul 05, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    divvy198509 saidI got this a couple of weeks ago.

    I was on a streaming website and the message from the 'metropolitan police' (London Police) claimed that my computer was being frozen and my IP address has been reported to the police.

    I knew it was a load of shit, then I read some more shit about paedophile and animal porn on the popup message so then I knew it was a load of shit coz Id never in a million years look for that sick shit.

    I just manually restarted my computer and it works still. I'm gonna back my shit up and get my bro to wipe the hard drive coz I'm sure it's lurking around my computer somewhere.

    It's sad, coz there are people out there with a little less common sense and would panic and send the money. I think they asked me for £40 ($60) or something. Not much, but if they get a good number of responses, then they are making millions.


    The system restore worked fine for my brother, it was like 2 months ago and he didn't have any problems with it anymore.. And why the hell is it so cheap in your country! icon_evil.gif

    Edit: Oops, I just asked my brother I was wrong he tells me it was around 100€ ..
  • Webster666

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    Jul 05, 2012 10:23 PM GMT
    I don't answer my phone.
    That's what voice mail is for.
    Problem avoided.
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    Jul 05, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    HawkEyez saidI guesse I was Belgium's new unaknowledged hero for a day icon_cool.gif

    So always be sure to have a restore point and when everything is blocked simply restart windows on safe mode and perform a system recovery..

    Here he comes to save the daaaaay!
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    Jul 05, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    WhyWhySee saidSystem restore won't work if the virus is in you hardware ;)
    I have other things plugged into the same power bar as the computer. Will the virus spread to my speakers too?
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    Jul 05, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    WhyWhySee saidSystem restore won't work if the virus is in you hardware ;)


    But since she didn't download anything how could it be a virus in the hardware?
    It was through a popup so I think that's why it was restorable..

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    Jul 05, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
    WhyWhySee said
    SkinnyBitch said
    WhyWhySee saidSystem restore won't work if the virus is in you hardware ;)
    I have other things plugged into the same power bar as the computer. Will the virus spread to my speakers too?

    Yess, unless you buy an antivirus power bar, which has a built in firewall.

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    Jul 05, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    My employer has a small IT department that has almost the entire Internet blocked at the firewall. Hotmail? Denied. It might interfere with their right to a normal lunch hour and going home at 3PM to pick up the kids at school.

    Probably the only thing keeping entire police departments from going tits-up.
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    Jul 05, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    Oh please keep this thread going. I have an introduction to computers class to teach on Monday and this is great material.

    Skinnybitch, may I please share this story with my class?

    lol

    I haven't heard of this scam before.


    Please practice safe computing...

    All I can say is be careful when inserting floppy disks into your machine as they may become hard disks and could corrupt your data.



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    Jul 05, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
    WhyWhySee said
    SkinnyBitch said
    WhyWhySee saidSystem restore won't work if the virus is in you hardware ;)
    I have other things plugged into the same power bar as the computer. Will the virus spread to my speakers too?

    Yess, unless you buy an antivirus power bar, which has a built in firewall.


    WTF are you talking about?
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    Jul 05, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
    onaquest saidOh please keep this thread going. I have an introduction to computers class to teach on Monday and this is great material.
    Skinnybitch, may I please share this story with my class?
    lol
    I haven't heard of this scam before.
    Please practice safe computing...

    All I can say is be careful when inserting floppy disks into your machine as they may become hard disks and could corrupt your data.

    What if I wanna be corrupted a little?

    Feel free to share the story and exaggerate my good parts. You should dress like this to inspire confidence.
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    RobertF64 said
    WhyWhySee saidYess, unless you buy an antivirus power bar, which has a built in firewall.

    WTF are you talking about?

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    Jul 05, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    they should make a gay friendly virus to educate people on gay life. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 05, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
    WhyWhySee said
    HawkEyez said
    WhyWhySee saidSystem restore won't work if the virus is in you hardware ;)


    But since she didn't download anything how could it be a virus in the hardware?
    It was through a popup so I think that's why it was restorable..

    RobertF64 saidWTF are you talking about?




    Juste une blague.


    Propaganda is bad! Mmkey.. icon_smile.gif
  • BuddhaLing

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    Jul 05, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    onaquest saidOh please keep this thread going. I have an introduction to computers class to teach on Monday and this is great material.

    Skinnybitch, may I please share this story with my class?

    lol

    I haven't heard of this scam before.


    Please practice safe computing...

    All I can say is be careful when inserting floppy disks into your machine as they may become hard disks and could corrupt your data.

    LMMFAO! That is putting it all together!