LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Non-*NIX Forums > General
User Name
Password
General This forum is for non-technical general discussion which can include both Linux and non-Linux topics. Have fun!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 06-22-2016, 09:44 AM   #1
beachboy2
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2007
Location: Wild West Wales, UK
Distribution: Linux Mint 20 MATE, MX-19.3, antiX, EndeavourOS
Posts: 3,288
Blog Entries: 17

Rep: Reputation: 1232Reputation: 1232Reputation: 1232Reputation: 1232Reputation: 1232Reputation: 1232Reputation: 1232Reputation: 1232Reputation: 1232
How to make $17m in 2 years


Yet another computer scam:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36084989
 
Old 06-22-2016, 12:24 PM   #2
ardvark71
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Feb 2015
Location: USA
Distribution: Lubuntu 14.04, Windows Vista
Posts: 6,277
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 841Reputation: 841Reputation: 841Reputation: 841Reputation: 841Reputation: 841Reputation: 841
Quote:
Originally Posted by beachboy2 View Post
Hi...

Thanks for sharing this.

Regards...
 
Old 06-23-2016, 08:14 PM   #3
enorbet
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Virginia
Distribution: Slackware = Main OpSys
Posts: 3,550

Rep: Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426
My Mom just got hit by such two similar attempts (one spoofing as the IRS threatened impending jail time!) but fortunately she is still very sharp and uses one of those "Grandma's PCs" of which she is totally awre that it does not run anything by Microsoft since the OpSys is a closed Linux (disallows User installs of binaries). She kept him on the line and "played" with him until he said, "I think I have to hang up now"
 
Old 06-23-2016, 08:44 PM   #4
jefro
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 20,692

Rep: Reputation: 3337Reputation: 3337Reputation: 3337Reputation: 3337Reputation: 3337Reputation: 3337Reputation: 3337Reputation: 3337Reputation: 3337Reputation: 3337Reputation: 3337
Can't tell who gets more money from honest folks. Government or crooks.
 
Old 06-23-2016, 09:48 PM   #5
jamison20000e
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: ...uncanny valley... infinity\1975; (randomly born:) Milwaukee, WI, US( + travel,) Earth( I wish,) END BORDER$!◣◢┌∩┐ Fe26-E,e...
Distribution: any GPL that works well on my cheapest; has been KDE or CLI but open... http://goo.gl/NqgqJx &c ;-)
Posts: 4,287
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419
Good to know, thanks.
 
Old 06-23-2016, 10:45 PM   #6
frankbell
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Virginia, USA
Distribution: Slackware, Ubuntu MATE, Mageia, and whatever VMs I happen to be playing with
Posts: 17,245
Blog Entries: 27

Rep: Reputation: 5337Reputation: 5337Reputation: 5337Reputation: 5337Reputation: 5337Reputation: 5337Reputation: 5337Reputation: 5337Reputation: 5337Reputation: 5337Reputation: 5337
New twist on an old scam.

I recall getting such a pop-up six or seven years ago. Just for grins and giggles, I clicked on "Scan Now."

The scan told me that my C:\ drive was full of malware. (The "scan" also appeared to go much faster than any actual scan could possibly have done. As a veteran Windows user, I have observed many scans.)

I was using Linux (Slackware or Debian, one or the other I forget which) and had no C:\ drive.

enorbet, give your Mom kudos from me. She sounds like a savvy computer user.
 
Old 06-23-2016, 11:40 PM   #7
jamison20000e
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: ...uncanny valley... infinity\1975; (randomly born:) Milwaukee, WI, US( + travel,) Earth( I wish,) END BORDER$!◣◢┌∩┐ Fe26-E,e...
Distribution: any GPL that works well on my cheapest; has been KDE or CLI but open... http://goo.gl/NqgqJx &c ;-)
Posts: 4,287
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419
My roommate uses AT&T (I now split the bill with her.) My first thought was, I've seen that before but likely not? If happens again will pay more attention, rather than just flipping WiFi off and on again...

My dad forgot to remove his credentials from their xbox the other day so my 12 year old nephew pulled a fast one buying $70 worth of nonrefundables. Needless to say he'll be grounded from electronics (including the laptop I gave him) so no worries there for awhile... I try to keep him(\them ) up to date on social and reverse engineering with a big emphasis on identity theft!

Last edited by jamison20000e; 06-23-2016 at 11:42 PM. Reason: a spelling error
 
Old 06-24-2016, 05:56 AM   #8
jamison20000e
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: ...uncanny valley... infinity\1975; (randomly born:) Milwaukee, WI, US( + travel,) Earth( I wish,) END BORDER$!◣◢┌∩┐ Fe26-E,e...
Distribution: any GPL that works well on my cheapest; has been KDE or CLI but open... http://goo.gl/NqgqJx &c ;-)
Posts: 4,287
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419Reputation: 1419
It was just a:
Quote:
Gateway Authentication Failure. Please contact your Service Provider.
page, found it in my history.
 
Old 06-25-2016, 09:52 PM   #9
enorbet
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Virginia
Distribution: Slackware = Main OpSys
Posts: 3,550

Rep: Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426Reputation: 3426
Quote:
Originally Posted by frankbell View Post
enorbet, give your Mom kudos from me. She sounds like a savvy computer user.
I will and FTR she just turned 90
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LXer: Linux and open source 2014: It was the best of years, it was the worst of years LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 12-24-2014 09:16 PM
LXer: Two Years of Bodhi Linux, Three Years of Blogging LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 11-28-2012 11:51 AM
LXer: 15 years of KDE e.V. - The Early Years LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 11-28-2012 05:40 AM
After 10 years hyperhead LinuxQuestions.org Member Intro 1 03-17-2011 09:59 AM
make dep,make clean,make bzImage problem Babba Linux - Newbie 2 01-08-2003 03:49 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Non-*NIX Forums > General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:20 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration