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  Reply # 615980 27-Apr-2012 12:44 Send private message quote this post

I always ask my flatmates to pass me the phone - I enjoy playing around with these guys, so much fun :)

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  Reply # 615984 27-Apr-2012 12:53 Send private message quote this post

xpd: Best thing you can do.


Agreed! Hanging up is the best thing, at work we have received several computers from people who have actually gone ahead and paid. Although it is nothing too sinister its mainly Malwarebytes/CCleaner but they charge $300.00-$400.00 for it. Luckily the bank's usually reverse the transaction.




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  Reply # 627001 17-May-2012 18:30 Send private message quote this post

Saw this piece on NZ Herald where they got a Police Station, even after the officer telling them they were speaking to the police they carried on

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10806532

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  Reply # 627020 17-May-2012 19:22 Send private message quote this post

Just answer and ask them to hold , leave the phone off the hook and see how long they hang around for.. :)




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  Reply # 627045 17-May-2012 20:12 Send private message quote this post

I got my first phone call from them in a number of months just this weekend gone by and once again told them I am running linux and then hung up on them. They didnt ring back

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  Reply # 627047 17-May-2012 20:18 Send private message quote this post

I am sure they are not crossing names off a list and are simply working their way randomly through the white pages. When they finish they go back to the start again. I am certainly not "blacklisted" from them as they call me up every now and again.




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  Reply # 627248 18-May-2012 10:59 Send private message quote this post

hairy1: I am sure they are not crossing names off a list and are simply working their way randomly through the white pages. When they finish they go back to the start again. I am certainly not "blacklisted" from them as they call me up every now and again.


Agreed I get called frequently, all but one of them hang up as soon as they work out I am onto them. This one guy decided that he would prove to me that he was legit after I told him to get a real job. He told me my first and last name but didn't know my middle (surprise surprise). He the went on to tell me my address and what my house looked like (I congratulated him on his google street view skills). I then told him that I don't mind the viruses as they need a home too. He then preceded to tell me that my computer was sending their computers viruses (he was starting to get quite upset). I was laughing quite hard when I said that is what I like to do. He started getting quite angry but I'd had enough as he just wouldn't quit, so I told him I was hanging up, he threatened to call back but never did.




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  Reply # 627257 18-May-2012 11:25 Send private message quote this post

What is the exact boundary before something like this is worthwhile to investigate and extradite the people taking the profit from these operations?

The scam must have taken total funds adding up to a large bank error by now.

Which one would you rather see media, police and diplomats spend huge amounts of time and effort on?

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  Reply # 627270 18-May-2012 11:46 Send private message quote this post

Obviously I think it's an issue that these entities are located in areas like India/Sri Lanka which have different rules and regulations and no government body here in NZ has any authority over them.

In the one I called back... they use a NZ phone number that routes back to India so they give the appearance of being in NZ but obviously they aren't.

There is definitely fraud going on and they are ripping people off but I just get the sense that the NZ government has chucked it into the too hard basket. If that's the case though they seriously need to educate more people through TV ads, radio, mailouts etc to just HANG UP when anyone calls you about anything to do with repairing anything over the phone. They need to make it clear that these people are criminals looking to con and rip people off. The message can't be getting through to everyone because some people are still falling for these cons.

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  Reply # 627274 18-May-2012 11:55 Send private message quote this post

I finally got one of these calls last week, but to my frustration my Win2k VMware virtual machine wouldn't boot, and I was acutally quite busy cooking dinner for guests. I asked if he would call back at 9pm, but to my disappointment he didn't. I should probably try installing an even older OS like Win95 to really make things entertaining.

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  Reply # 627278 18-May-2012 12:01 Send private message quote this post

nexttothemoon: Obviously I think it's an issue that these entities are located in areas like India/Sri Lanka which have different rules and regulations and no government body here in NZ has any authority over them.

Well given the amount of police time and diplomacy spent on chasing one single idiot for a bank error I don't think that is a valid argument at all.



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  Reply # 627280 18-May-2012 12:03 Send private message quote this post

But a $10 million bank error is not like a $120 poor mom handing over money to these idiots retards bastards con artists thieves, is it ;)

I mean, banks and all...





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  Reply # 627286 18-May-2012 12:10 Send private message quote this post

I get these calls every two months or so i used to get annoyed but now i always have a bit of fun with them, always use NZ slang and accent they struggle to keep up, and just as im about to loose them (eg they hang up) i always mention credit cards and that draws them back in.

Wanted to give myself a challenge see how long i can keep them on the phone before they hang up. How long have others messed with them for?


(sorry if this has already been discussed didn't want to read 14 pages just to put in my 2 cents in)

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  Reply # 627491 18-May-2012 20:00 Send private message quote this post

Ramboss:

(sorry if this has already been discussed didn't want to read 14 pages just to put in my 2 cents in)


Do your time - read the thread like the rest of us! Smile

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  Reply # 627514 18-May-2012 20:30 Send private message quote this post

keewee01:
Ramboss:

(sorry if this has already been discussed didn't want to read 14 pages just to put in my 2 cents in)


Do your time - read the thread like the rest of us! Smile


Sorry but time is money and its 14 pages of reading and as i said i only put my 2 cents in, reading that much is way more than the 2 cents i wanted to put in.

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