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Old 10-24-14, 02:02 PM
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I got a phone call a little while ago supposedly from microsoft where the caller claimed my pc was repeatedly being used for illegal purposes over the last 48 hrs. Since the man had trouble speaking english and me doubting his claims I just hung up. I assume they wanted me to pay big bucks for removing nothing and probably infect my pc while they are at it.

Anyone ever heard of a 011 area code?
 
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You need to dial 011 to place a call out of the country.

+011 phone calls stating that I have serious issues with my - Microsoft Community
 
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I never make overseas calls but that link confirms what I figured
 
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Old 10-24-14, 02:23 PM
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Yeah, because MS really cares about your usage. Stupid scammers!
 
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Old 10-25-14, 05:32 AM
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When I get one of those I reply, "Which computer, the Dell or the IBM?" [I have neither]. That stumps them.
 
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Had I thought of it, I'd probably tell them I don't own a computer but I was busy and didn't have time to fool with them. I wonder how many calls they have to make before they find a poor sucker?
 
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I wonder how many calls they have to make before they find a poor sucker?
Sadly, probably not that many.
 
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Old 10-25-14, 06:14 PM
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My 92 year old mother gets those scam phone calls. She tells them she has never owned or used a computer, and she has no clue who Microsoft is. For some reason, the scammers don't believe her, and she gets very upset, thinking she's going to get in trouble with the police for the alleged "illegal computer activities" they're calling about. I keep telling her just to hang up immediately, but unfortunately, she's of the generation who thinks they're obligated to talk to whoever calls them on the phone. I registered her phone number with the "do not call" list, but obviously, scammers don't pay attention to that.

 
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I was an IT manager for 7+ years. I quit 2002 because I could not stand MS any more. There is no other operating system which has thousands, likely tens of thousands unpatched security holes. Every security hole can be exploited by a virus indeed. I promised myself I will never install Windows again and I have kept this promise. I would enjoy a call like this, I'd give them all information they ask for (except financial of course) and see them fail miserably. Could be fun! In case anyone is interested what I'm running run nmap OS detection on 64.56.25.8.
 
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she gets very upset, thinking she's going to get in trouble with the police for the alleged "illegal computer activities"
I think it was last year I read in the paper where an idiot pervert in a nearby town turned himself in for child porn because he got a FBI pop up on his computer stating he was about to be arrested .... so it's not just the old that can get buffaloed with threatening claims.

While I don't do anything illegal on my computer, I figure if I did - there would be a knock on the door, not phone call or internet notice. That would be like giving the criminal advance notice so he could either get out of dodge or destroy evidence.
 
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I have had this same call but from 401 area code or even 202 area code, just about any area code can be used by them scammers that do sometimes get a nibble on the line and they REEL them in HOOK LINE and SINKER.

the last time they called here was in March, me being an out-of-the-box thinker I was sitting here after someone in Hong Kong (a friend) had questions about door closers (the floor concealed type) so timing could not be perfect, well, I grabbed the phone before putting the 22.5 lb "beast" away (Rixson #28 floor closer) to make room on computer table to give advice to the next door closer problem.


.....I had that guy going for 47 minutes thinking he had his next victim on the line to reel in and scam........well he was wrong, there may been a clicking noise when he asked me to click on things, but it wasn't the computer or mouse, I took advantage of the closer's one-way ball check valves inside to make the noise.

in the end, I held him as long as possible from making 3 or 4 more calls to scam people they may believe him and have their data/computer locked by him.

....you may be able to hack into a computer...may be able to get into a smartphone, but not yet had anyone attempt to hack into a device that don't use the Wifi or ethernet, but uses hydraulic oil to function, the Indian wonders why his screen control program didn't work, LOL

(who says door closers are just for doors???.......)

I did video record my stunt to spreecast broadcasting site with webcam on desktop, but then when they changed their terms of use, it now makes people buy an account to watch videos, ohh well next time I'll video upload to youtube!

-Jess the door closer doctor
 
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Thats funny Jess. I do similar stuff if I'm not busy. I know they say just don't answer or hang up on robo calls...but they still keep calling so why not have some fun? Yes, I have credit card debt...oh...about $100K. Numbers, oh wait let me check. Oh, my GF has the cards, I never use them. I'm so depressed I feel like killing myself, etc etc.

I know it's just a job for most of these people...but why work as a scammer?
 
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eeks, sounds terrible about the credit card debt, hope you pay it off soon so it dont ruin your credit score,

whatever you do, death/suicide is NOT the answer to life's problems, you just need an ear who will listen to you

as for the scammers, boiler room operators (no, not black/blue seal licensed people who work with HVAC in commercial buildings) they are brainwashed and told to make calls for $$$$

it has alot to do with indian economy as well as gullibility, as some people are gullible, they will believe anything, tell them there are pink elephants, they will hunt around for one inhopes of seeing them, same if you tel them pigs fly,

many times they will prey on elderly who are discovering technology and will say familiar names to get people to believe them (Microsoft, security, windows XP/7/Vista to name a few words they use on older people)

my dad almost fell for it one time (the first time they called, exactly a year and half before I got the Rixson floor closer) during his call, I asked my dad for keyboard(him thinking ill do what the indian said to do) and typed into google "windows scam calls" and lead to some videos on YT and an article on Microsoft.com about the scam, made him read it then reported the caller to M$ security desk (MS HQ in California)

another time the Indian called, I wrote "SCAM" on my hand with a pen and shown him my hand non-verbally, then my dad told the caller that the county medical examiner runs the computers, to make indian think he called the county morgue instead of a gullible resident.

another one is "operator, cyber crimes unit, how may I direct your call" (they hang up)

ohh, I hate them ROBO calls, seems anymore the people that used to use real humans to call, are trying to outsmart people that pick up and use robocall software or virtual assistant or virtual word triggered artifical intellegence to "handle" a call.

I get some that ask for woman or man of household and then its a prerecorded shpeal about donating money to fallen officers then it asks you to donate money (with a real human sounding voice) I say "robocall" or "robot" they do not know how to handle that "request" as its not a "yes" or a "no"

when you say "no" it will keep asking you to donate money, but a smaller amount, as if to try to pull some emotional heartstrings.

and now its election season, I have no reason to want to pick up the phone to hear a machine (robocall software)

if I wanted to listen to a machine, I'll go start the lawn mower! if I wanted to TALK to a machine, I'll talk to my closers or my dad's truck hahhhaha!
 
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No no...I was just messing with the scammers! OMG no! I'm married for almost 20 yrs and we control those things. Sorry you misunderstood.
 
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How about that Vic. Someone took you serious. LOL
My latest, when not busy, is to punch one to get a body. When they come on, I immediately ask to speak with Dr. Goldblum or Mr. Wilson or some other name - as though I originated the call. There is a pause and they hang up.
 
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one of them Indians tried calling last night as "insight" from 416 area code (Toronto, Canada?) was like 7 PM, didn't feel like answering phone when half asleep then put arm back on my "computer" (Rixson floor closer)

probably same Indian that I held up for 47 minutes the last time, well if he calls again and during day, he will be held up again with me using my device AGAIN.....
 
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I like that Goldstar! "Yes, could I speak to Mr Wilson...tell him this is Dennis". lol
 
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Gee, I never get those kinds of calls on my VoIP phone and only about one or two a year on my cell phone. More often than not my cell phone is too far away from me to answer so all they get is my voice mail.

I never get to have any fun anymore.
 
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I never get to have any fun anymore.
Furd.... why not post your phone number here..... I'm sure the calls will come barreling in.
 
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Nah, I'd rather be bored than scammed. I might have posted my last girl friend's number, if I still had it. :NO NO NO:
 
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Why do they call anyway? They have an opt-out in emails, no such things after unwanted calls?
 
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