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Old 10-05-2012, 10:30 AM   #1
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LXer: "I am calling you from Windows": A tech support scammer dials Ars Technica


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When the call came yesterday morning, I assumed at first I was being trolled—it was just too perfect to be true. My phone showed only "Private Caller" and, when I answered out of curiosity, I was connected to "John," a young man with a clear Indian accent who said he was calling from "Windows Technical Support." My computer, he told me, had alerted him that it was infested with viruses. He wanted to show me the problem—then charge me to fix it.

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Old 10-05-2012, 11:31 AM   #2
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Interesting scam, I had not heard of it until now ... but then I don't use Window$. Now, in theory, there's not reason for this to be Window$-only. I mean I'm sure someone can trick a Linux user (probably Ubuntu) to let them ssh into the machine.
 
Old 10-05-2012, 01:02 PM   #3
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That's an old style of scamming Window$ guys to install some kind of corporate adware by taking remote access. Strange you were not aware of this.

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Old 10-05-2012, 01:17 PM   #4
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I mean I'm sure someone can trick a Linux user (probably Ubuntu) to let them ssh into the machine.
Would be fun to see what happens if one allows them to SSH into a VM with Slackware, Gentoo, one of the BSDs or LFS.
 
Old 10-05-2012, 01:37 PM   #5
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No. Just tell them you are using Linux/Unix and they will hang up for sure.
I had one similar experience, not the same though.

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I think it would be worth to make some fun of them. If they are trying to anything in your system you are at least preventing them from calling other people at that time. Maybe one should install that remote management software in Wine and then setup a basic tiling manager and see how they try to do anything.
 
Old 10-05-2012, 02:23 PM   #7
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We had someone here complain about receiving this exact call:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...viewer-899451/
 
Old 10-05-2012, 02:28 PM   #8
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I was wondering when a journalist would do an article based on first hand experience on this type of scam. I've had a few phone calls over the last 2 years and each time it was the same end result they kept telling me I was on a Windows machine and it was full of virus' so I just hang up and let the fraud squad no about it. It has been on the news in Australia for quite a while so it must be the scammers think we are soft targets here.

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/10/gl...ly-taken-down/

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...e-2ab81645553d

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:09 PM   #9
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i havent received this scam but i get a lot of scams recently about changing electricity providers.
one of the people who knocked on my door said he worked for the federal government and they are regulating my utility company and needed to see my electric bill to correct billing errors.

is it rude for me to egg these people on ?
 
Old 10-05-2012, 03:23 PM   #10
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is it rude for me to egg these people on ?
Might not be a good idea. You don't know about the criminal organization that's backing that scammer.

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:48 PM   #11
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The internet is awash with scams. Obvious ones like this to very sophisticated ones.

Even experts have been duped and hacked. I feel really bad for older people and simple trusting souls and youth. They seem to get it first.
 
Old 10-06-2012, 05:27 AM   #12
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I had a few calls like that months ago. I think I convinced them that I was the wrong kind of person to try such a scam on.
 
  


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