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    these are nothing new. but yesterday got my first phone support scam. many of you are savvy enought to figure it out.
    this foreign speaking guy called claiming he was with HP tech support. i have an HP PC. said he wanted to download a program to take control of my PC to remove corrupt files and spyware. uh huh right. HP and other brands never call you about this. its not their job. I have caller ID and his phone number was hidden. they also pose as microsoft support as well.
    i laffed and hung up. would he call back??? yes so i let my answering machine take it. when it picked up he hung up. so this is just a heads up. sooner or later they find a sucker to download the software.
    so i guess this was a phone phishing scam.

    http://www.guidryconsulting.com/tech...cams-hit-home/
    Last edited by namvet; Jun 21 2013 at 07:35 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by namvet View Post
    these are nothing new. but yesterday got my first phone support scam. many of you are savvy enought to figure it out.
    this foreign speaking guy called claiming he was with HP tech support. i have an HP PC. said he wanted to download a program to take control of my PC to remove corrupt files and spyware. uh huh right. HP and other brands never call you about this. its not their job. I have caller ID and his phone number was hidden. they also pose as microsoft support as well.
    i laffed and hung up. would he call back??? yes so i let my answering machine take it. when it picked up he hung up. so this is just a heads up. sooner or later they find a sucker to download the software.
    so i guess this was a phone phishing scam.

    http://www.guidryconsulting.com/tech...cams-hit-home/
    They did this to my father-in-law, the problem being that he had downloaded the program (not sure how). He disconnected his computer from the internet.
    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
    --C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock, p. 292.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perdidochas View Post
    They did this to my father-in-law, the problem being that he had downloaded the program (not sure how). He disconnected his computer from the internet.
    they provide you with a download link. hopefully he unhooked in time !!! once they get control of your desktop it hits the fan. here's a guy who went the full measure. they got mad and did some damage

    Phone scammers call the wrong guy, get mad and trash PC

    Have you ever received a call from someone with a heavy Indian accent from Microsoft saying your computer had errors or viruses? The purpose of these calls is to get an easy $299 (or whatever amount they choose) by scaring you into thinking there’s something really wrong with your computer and that they can fix it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namvet View Post
    they provide you with a download link. hopefully he unhooked in time !!! once they get control of your desktop it hits the fan. here's a guy who went the full measure. they got mad and did some damage

    Phone scammers call the wrong guy, get mad and trash PC

    Have you ever received a call from someone with a heavy Indian accent from Microsoft saying your computer had errors or viruses? The purpose of these calls is to get an easy $299 (or whatever amount they choose) by scaring you into thinking there’s something really wrong with your computer and that they can fix it for you.

    read on
    Just caught that.
    Yes, and the dude was very persistent, called back several times.
    In the end, it was he who got scared.

    The deepest insights come from trying to see the unifying root of two apparently antagonistic branches.
    John Piper

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    Quote Originally Posted by namvet View Post
    they provide you with a download link. hopefully he unhooked in time !!! once they get control of your desktop it hits the fan. here's a guy who went the full measure. they got mad and did some damage

    Phone scammers call the wrong guy, get mad and trash PC

    Have you ever received a call from someone with a heavy Indian accent from Microsoft saying your computer had errors or viruses? The purpose of these calls is to get an easy $299 (or whatever amount they choose) by scaring you into thinking there’s something really wrong with your computer and that they can fix it for you.

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    Father-in-law got off cheap. They offered to fix it for $75.... He had a friend of my sister-in-laws basically sanitize his computer of all that kind of crap. It was a guy with an Indian accent, and IIRC, it was an Atlanta area #
    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
    --C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock, p. 292.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namvet View Post
    these are nothing new. but yesterday got my first phone support scam. many of you are savvy enought to figure it out.
    this foreign speaking guy called claiming he was with HP tech support. i have an HP PC. said he wanted to download a program to take control of my PC to remove corrupt files and spyware. uh huh right. HP and other brands never call you about this. its not their job. I have caller ID and his phone number was hidden. they also pose as microsoft support as well.
    i laffed and hung up. would he call back??? yes so i let my answering machine take it. when it picked up he hung up. so this is just a heads up. sooner or later they find a sucker to download the software.
    so i guess this was a phone phishing scam.

    http://www.guidryconsulting.com/tech...cams-hit-home/
    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2...-ars-technica/

    "I'm sorry, I don't know anything about a 'Windows Company.' Do you mean Microsoft?"
    "No, it's not a Microsoft, it's a Windows Technical Department, OK? And I am the Windows technical provider to help you out, OK?"


    If the effects weren't so serious, this stuff would be pure comedy gold.
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    "The relevance of the brain's ventromedial dopaminergic systems to religious experience, belief and behavior is suggested by several lines of evidence, including the fact that a variety of clinical conditions related to dopaminergic dysfunction—mania, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, and temporal-lobe epilepsy—are regularly associated with Hyper-Religiosity."
    -- from "The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Belief" by Sam Harris et al.

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    they never asked me to do anything. they told me. but when they wanted me to type a website in the run box i hung up. laffn' my a** off. really pushy. and when the guy gave em a phoney credit card number it really set em off. they could have done a lot more damage.
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    “Can you fix my Windows 95 computer?”: How to troll a tech support scammer



    http://arstechnica.com/features/2012...pport-scammer/
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    "The relevance of the brain's ventromedial dopaminergic systems to religious experience, belief and behavior is suggested by several lines of evidence, including the fact that a variety of clinical conditions related to dopaminergic dysfunction—mania, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, and temporal-lobe epilepsy—are regularly associated with Hyper-Religiosity."
    -- from "The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Belief" by Sam Harris et al.

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    "The relevance of the brain's ventromedial dopaminergic systems to religious experience, belief and behavior is suggested by several lines of evidence, including the fact that a variety of clinical conditions related to dopaminergic dysfunction—mania, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, and temporal-lobe epilepsy—are regularly associated with Hyper-Religiosity."
    -- from "The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Belief" by Sam Harris et al.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durandal View Post
    that's funny as hell. why didn't i think a that ???
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