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PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: pdq
Date: October 01, 2015 04:03PM
...says...um...well, Microsoft, apparently. And apparently these estimated 3.3 million users (in the US) will pay a total of $1.5 billion dollars to these guys in 2015.

I know - old news for most of us. But with Microsoft seeing a "huge spike" in these scams, it's worth warning folks you know (especially seniors) about them.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/01/2015 04:05PM by pdq.
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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: hal
Date: October 01, 2015 04:05PM
I haven't had one of these calls for a few months now...
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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 01, 2015 04:57PM
That's a lot of money. Might be time to reassess my career path.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: October 01, 2015 05:19PM
I had one of those calls. It was fun to play with them. They tried really hard to convince me that my installation of Windows was corrupt and had a virus. I spent a few minutes playing along, then explained that I'd evicted Microsoft from my home long long ago.



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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: JoeH
Date: October 01, 2015 05:32PM
It has been a couple weeks since the last I got.

I did have fun with one near the beginning of the year. He wanted to let me know how wonderful a system Windows was and why wasn't I running it once I said I had no Windows systems. Kept him going for at least 10 minutes.
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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: hal
Date: October 01, 2015 05:39PM
as I've said many times, I simply say, "does your mother know that you've decided to become a thief? She must be so proud." Then wait to hear them bursting into tears. So far, they only hang up, but ONE DAY...
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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: October 01, 2015 05:57PM
I got one of those calls 3 or 4 days ago.



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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: wave rider
Date: October 01, 2015 06:39PM
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hal
as I've said many times, I simply say, "does your mother know that you've decided to become a thief? She must be so proud." Then wait to hear them bursting into tears. So far, they only hang up, but ONE DAY...

Tried that once and was cursed out. Do not get those calls any more since the thieves refuse to leave a message.

=wr=
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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: hal
Date: October 01, 2015 06:51PM
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wave rider
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hal
as I've said many times, I simply say, "does your mother know that you've decided to become a thief? She must be so proud." Then wait to hear them bursting into tears. So far, they only hang up, but ONE DAY...

Tried that once and was cursed out.

=wr=

Damn, I would LOVE that... two can play that game...
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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: GeneL
Date: October 01, 2015 07:38PM
Got my first call this morning.

Pathetic, but scary to think that uninformed folks will be fooled.

They actually used Mavis' last name.

Grrrrrrr....



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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 01, 2015 07:54PM
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ztirffritz
I had one of those calls. It was fun to play with them. They tried really hard to convince me that my installation of Windows was corrupt and had a virus. I spent a few minutes playing along, then explained that I'd evicted Microsoft from my home long long ago.

They also do Macs.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: lost in space
Date: October 01, 2015 08:17PM
I played one along a few months ago, acting as if I was following his instructions. He got confused really fast when I didn't get the results on my screen that his script told him I should get. After about ten minutes he said he'd have to call me back. I never heard from him again. I'm crushed.



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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: Mr645
Date: October 02, 2015 06:24AM
"eem caulling you from microsoft teeknical seaport, do you understand what I am saying?"

"We have detected that you have a dangerous malware virus of a very bad kind and I eem cole ing you to make you rid of it"
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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: troywellbuilt
Date: October 02, 2015 08:53AM
My son took one of their calls recently. He messed with them for a while. "Oh no, should I get my dad's credit card"?
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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: bruceko
Date: October 02, 2015 12:15PM
I have had fun with them a couple of times. Wasted 30 minutes for their time each time
Last time they wanted me to go to a web site and I told them the link did not work, My browser was giving me a message that the web site was unsecure. They asked me to try again. I told them this time my browser would not connect and there was a message that they were frauds. got a few choice words back from them
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Re: PSA: Millions of PC users scammed by "Tech Support" calls
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: October 02, 2015 02:01PM
I got one of those calls a couple of years ago, obviously from offshore. I intended to string the crook along, but he hung up on me when I couldn't understand him through his accent.

/Cue Alanis Morisette...
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