phone virus

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  1. grunge

    grunge The TANK

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    thougt people would like kno about this for friends and loved ones who arent too bright.

    last night a recieved a call from a man who represented microsoft or so he claimed. he asked me to turn on my computer so i could download file into it. well my computer is currently away at a repair shop so i explained to the man 3 times that i couldnt turn on my computer becuase it was away at a repair shop! i eventually hung up on him and called it a night. i try to be understanding when i get a foriegner on the phone since i know mine isnt there first language ... however something really stuck in my craw about this...
    when i got home today i turned on my wii used the internet channel and googled the situation. turns out this is what happens:
    a man will call from a tech support company, pretending he wants to help you or something to that avail. he has you follow instructions so that it will seem like your compauter will look like it has a virus. he will then ask you to do remote assistance and then he gets in and steals your information.

    i didnt fall for it but hopefully in me sharing this we can make sure no one does.
     
  2. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan OFFICIAL MMM REP

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    Somebody would have to be unbelievably gullible to fall for that.
     
  3. Jetcracker54

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    thanks for that
     
  4. The Dark Seeker

    The Dark Seeker Well-Known Member

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    Letting some random stranger remote into your computer to steal information? Might as well leave your doors and windows unlocked and wide open when you go away on vacation.....or even to work.
     
  5. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    I've had this kind of call a couple of times now. I'm not dumb enough to fall for it anyway but then I also knew about it from someone telling me online previously.
    Could you hear your own voice echoing in the background and also music and other people talking?

    Unfortunately some people are stupid enough to fall for it. Which is why I had to warn my younger sister. :p 
     
  6. Kujo1597

    Kujo1597 Well-Known Member

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    My house got that call a couple weeks ago. My mom replied "sorry, I'm not dumb enough to fall for this" then hung up.


    Sadly there are people who would fall for this. I think it's mostly people who are completely computer illiterate.
     
  7. Smasher

    Smasher HUNKY BEATS

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    I just call people and tell them there is a problem with their bank account.
    I then ask for their account number so I can check on it and make sure everything is okay.
     
  8. Creaky

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    Yup, I've had a few here in the UK.

    "Hello, I'm calling on behalf of Microsoft, you may have noticed your computer has been running slowly, we believe that there is a virus on it, we'd like to help fix your computer."

    It'd be hilarious if not for the fact that some poor sod is going to get suckered into it.
     
  9. TrueNomadSkies

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    Exactly.

    Like, who'd be silly enough to think that Microsoft would even offer anywhere close to that level of customer service, let alone that they've got a solution for whatever's gone wrong?
     
  10. shifty02

    shifty02 Greetings Programs

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    Was the call also from a Nigerian prince that needed help in moving some funds into the country?

    Seriously, if you're dumb enough to fall for this, you shouldn't own a computer.
     
  11. UltraMagnus3786

    UltraMagnus3786 That's what it is

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    stop it. anyone on these forums grew up with computers and knows/should know not to fall for it. to call the rest of the population dumb or idiots is ridiculous-- these types of predatory calls are aimed at society's less educated/informed/tech-savvy. I wouldn't want my grandfather to fall for this and neither should you-- it doesn't mean he shouldn't own a computer though.
     
  12. Chrono Grimlock

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    Yeah it does. If you're not educated enough to know how to use something, you probably don't need to own it. Also if someone is less educated are they not an idiot by default?
     
  13. UltraMagnus3786

    UltraMagnus3786 That's what it is

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    You're conflating two issues now. Anyone who buys a computer eventually learns how to use it if they didn't already, whether it be for word processing, internet use, etc. Falling prey to predatory schemes is something different and doesn't make one an idiot by default, nor does it negate the reasons to own a computer. If these people were "idiots," we wouldn't have government and consumer protection agencies. Perhaps in 20 years the standard for being an idiot will change, but don't be so quick to throw someone under a bus for being a little less informed than those of us who grew up in the internet age. It's how the mortgage crisis happened-- people taking out bad loans on the front end, and people investing in bad securities on the back end. None of them are idiots.
     
  14. grunge

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    well no i didnt hear my voice echo at all during the brief conversation i had with the man. he acted like he knew i was accessing the internet somehow which threw me.

    i reciently sent my computer in for repairs and half thought maybe they needed me to do something except i hadnt given them my house number, only my cell. also, the computer hadnt returned yet. i had to finally hang up on the man, since, as stated it seemed like english wasnt his first language. which i sorta felt bad about.

    ....

    hey! alot of old people own phones but have no clue how to use them outside of maybe dailing and answering. i see it everyday. but its the world we live in, ever changing and thats not the world they grew up in, thusly despite its commonplacity, for them its still alien. watch when were old kids will have nuero-jacks and be online like ghost in the shell. and we will be the "stupid" ones.
     
  15. cobra zartan

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    You wouldn't believe the number of people that call our repair store and tell us they paid them $500 and now their machines are not working properly, it's pretty funny trying to tell them that the people are not from microsoft.
     
  16. Chrono Grimlock

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    Nope. Worked in tech support for many years. Did loads of training, including senior classes based on government grants to get the elderly working again. Some still didn't know how to open their logging programs after a year. Idiots.
    Standard might, definition won't. Idiots. There's a reason why in Florida you can't sell someone an extended warranty or "agreement" over the phone. I'm not saying all elderly are idiots but yeah, only an idiot would fall prey to this scam, and swamp land sales, and 50 year phone warranties. [/QUOTE]
     
  17. shifty02

    shifty02 Greetings Programs

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    There is a reason there are the quotes, "A sucker is born every min." and "A fool and his money are soon parted."
     
  18. mrgalvaprime

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    Im gonna get a new cmputer, fill it with gay porn and intentionally fall for it just to creep the guy out :) 
     
  19. Cybermnky

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    I don't know everything about my car, should I not have it then?

    Fact is, even people who know a little sometimes just get suckered. Scams like this are all about making people believe the part: Why does teh person on the other end of the line sound like some 50 cent an hour call centre in India? Because most people believe that's where a tech help-centre would be.
     
  20. shifty02

    shifty02 Greetings Programs

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    You may not know how your car works...but you still had to take a drivers course on how to drive and then take a test showing that you know how to operate the vehicle. Meaning you still had to learn about something, then retain and demonstrate that knowledge.

    I'm just saying that there are idiots out there. When I worked as tech support for NOA, I would get COUNTLESS calls on how people's Wii consoles were not reading the discs when they just set it up. You know what the problem was 99% of the time? They had the system upside-down. Funny how you would put a system upside-down when it comes with a manual with PICTURES showing the correct orientation. Not to mention that if the system is upside-down, the words on the console would be likewise.

    It's the same way people get viruses on their computers. Traveling around the internet rarely can give you a virus...but clicking on an attachment in an email from someone you don't know sure can.

    All you have to do is work in either customer service or tech support to know the world is full of morons. And most of them should not be owning whatever piece of technology they're having issues with.
     

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