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Old 02-28-2014, 02:58 PM   #21
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Just ask oh really? What IP address are these issues originating from?

99.9999% chance they're just phishing.


A tip on weird calls. Occasionally I'll get a call from somewhere that claims to have a business relationship with me. When they ask me to give my name, SS # and phone number for verification purposes, I'll usually botch some numbers here and there throughout the process just to see if they actually already have all the information. If they don't call me on wrong address, phone #, and SS number, then they are just phishing.

Authenticate the authenticators without them knowing you are authenticating them.

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Old 02-28-2014, 03:08 PM   #22
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I just got off the phone with someone obviously in a call center with a thick Indian accent claiming to represent Microsoft/Windows Technical support. He claimed that I have some kind of issue with my internet gateway (?) and downloading malicious files. I could not get them to confirm that this is a legit support call via a callback number or anything else and when I asked for a supervisor he said they would have to call back. Years in an institutional computing environment have made me very suspicious of phishing and social engineering attempts. How do I tell if this is legit and I do have a problem?
Most definitely not legit. My mother got one of these calls last year, funny since she doesn't even have a PC. I played with them on phone for while. They ask you to open some folders and then claim all files are viruses. Like all the files in the prefetch folder.

Ask them what IP address of your gateway is, then tell them you use linux.

Also why would MS tech support be calling you unless have a paid support contract.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:31 PM   #23
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I get these calls every once in awhile. One day I decided to have some fun and shouted into the phone "PROBLEM WITH MY COMPUTER?!? OMIGOD!! PLEASE FIX IT PHIL (or whatever Americanized name he gave)!! I'll pay ANYTHING to get it fixed!! You have to help me!!"

He didn't fall for it and asked why I was being so obnoxious, so I told him to do something not anatomically possible, and traded a few insults for a couple minutes, then hung up.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:19 AM   #24
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hmmmm....I got a phone call the other day from someone claiming I had registered with their website and now I had a chance to be entered in some sweepstakes or other. I asked where they had gotten my phone number from, because the only thing I had registered for recently was a system software upgrade from Apple that I had just installed. The person who called said she didn't have that information, just that I had registered. I'm not interested in sweepstakes so I asked her to take my number off the list and not call again. Now I wonder if this was a scam rather than just a nuisance call.

And I am really ticked off at Apple if they are the ones who gave my number to these clowns.
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Be aware that there's no way for anybody who does not have access to your computer to know if there's a problem with it. If an anonymous caller says otherwise, it's a bluff.
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These fake calls purportedly coming from Microsoft seem to happening all over US. I found posts at Report Phone Number to CallerCenter.com related to such calls and the phone numbers reportedly used by the caller seem to originate from different parts of the country. This gives me the impression that they could be a large group of scammers located in different states.
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These fake calls purportedly coming from Microsoft seem to happening all over US. I found posts on Callercenter related to such calls and the phone numbers reportedly used by the caller seem to originate from different parts of the country. This gives me the impression that they could be a large group of scammers located in different states.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:11 AM   #28
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I've had three calls from them and was tempted to play with it for a while but the accents are so thick I had a hard time understanding and it would have taken more effort than it was worth. If one does call that I can understand and I have time I have a loose plan to play with it for a while and then tell them I thought they were talking about the TV.

For the OP, yes it is a scam.
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My mom got a similar call and gave them access to her computer and paid them. Of course she called me right after she said yes to them and I had her shut off the computer immediately and call the credit card company. The credit card company was great, they stopped the charge and canceled her card. Of course the guy calls her right back to find out what happened because he got knocked off her computer. She told him that her son said this was a fraud and she had called the cc company. He hung up and that was the end of it.
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The “Tech Support” Scammers Called HTG (So We Had Fun with Them)

will help you more
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:48 PM   #31
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I always talk like I am from India when I get those type of calls. I ask them if they have a sister I could marry, and how I miss Calcutta. If it's a woman...I ask is she married or if she has an unmarried sister. Sometimes I can keep them on the phone for awhile. Ahhhh...the smells of Calcutta...
I will have to use that if they call. I wonder if i should ask if any goats or a cow comes with as a dowry if i marry the sister.
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So glad I can't use phones!
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Ugh, after never having received one of these annoying calls until a few days ago, I just got my second one within a week. I just said, "This is a scam!" and hung up. So now I can look forward to these annoying calls in addition to the other garbage calls from telemarketers and charities, etc.?
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Ugh, after never having received one of these annoying calls until a few days ago, I just got my second one within a week. I just said, "This is a scam!" and hung up. So now I can look forward to these annoying calls in addition to the other garbage calls from telemarketers and charities, etc.?
Are you getting these calls on your cell phone?
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Are you getting these calls on your cell phone?
Cell phone? What's that? I don't have one.
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Cell phone? What's that? I don't have one.
Well, then you know where the problem with scam calls exists and is most frequent.
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We, and others in the neighborhood have been getting these calls for over a year. I have played with them on several occasions, i.e. why is Microsoft calling me about my MAC?

Sad part is two of my neighbors actually ordered their fix. They got call back that their credit card did not go through, but if they sent money via western union they could fix their pc's. Both had several thousand dollars on their cards in less than 24 hours.
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I got these calls last summer. First one, I asked for additional info and a call back number...basically said give me info and a call back number so that after I research this, if I find this is legit, I will call back. The caller got mad and hung up.

Second time I just hung up immediately.

Third time, I played and kept the caller on the phone for a while. When I got tired of playing, I said well I've kept you on line for while so you can't talk to someone else who may fall for your scheme. The caller cursed and hung up.
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