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  # 999502 5-Mar-2014 14:38
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Please take into consideration that the people who are calling are usually naieve to the scam. They are often employed through classified adverts in local newspapers (work from home, earn heaps, all you need is a PC etc.) and follow a script with little knowledge of what they are doing and only a rudimentary understanding of English. This in itself is a level of security on the part of the master scammer in that the caller can't identify somebody they only know through email, if it ever get's traced back.

The same thing goes for those email offers you get of too-cheap-to-be-true product from overseas. The users are recruited over the Internet and are naieve.

When they call me, I tell them what they are doing is illegal and I don't usually hear from them for months at a time becasue as entertaining as it is, it's also frustrating and me telling them off ends the conversation real quick.

Yous are right, there are a lot of users out there who fall for this and might even feel their computer runs better after dropping $150 on a remote support deal.

There are also a lot of charges on your credit card statement for under a few dollars that you can't explain and don't bother following up, becasue it's only a few dollars and the description field is too cryptic to make sense to anybody or stand in a bank queue to work out.

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  # 999545 5-Mar-2014 15:03
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One of my clients rang me straight after receiving a call and got suspicious. They asked the scammer for some contact details and they gave them to me to verify... After a quick google, I told them the address they gave was the 8th level of a Wilsons carpark in Wellington and the phone number (1800) was a Telstra shop in Melbourne's CBD.

Sounds legit!


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  # 999564 5-Mar-2014 15:19
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Press buttons on the Microwave oven and advise them this is the only computer you have in the house

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  # 999566 5-Mar-2014 15:20
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I'd love to get one of these calls just so that I can boot up my RISC OS machine and really confuse them :)

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  # 999569 5-Mar-2014 15:23
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My Dick Smith VZ300 still works

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  # 999880 5-Mar-2014 22:48
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Just had another call from a man at the windows certified support desk, as I'd headed to bed.
Not impressed. Told him hie ingest and that this was a scam.
Hung up.
I'll finish my rebuke tomorrow night when they call back.

Handsome Dan Has Spoken.

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  # 999881 5-Mar-2014 22:50
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Hie ingest? Not even sure what I was trying to say there.
Stupid iPhone.
Why don't they call me to fix that?

Handsome Dan Has Spoken.


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  # 999946 6-Mar-2014 08:30
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from what i have seen in videos they get your credit card info by getting you to install teamviewer or the likes first and then taking you to the website to pay them. once there they let you type in your credit card info with teamviewer still open.

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  # 999950 6-Mar-2014 08:45
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This is a good insight into the workings of the scam

Love the rick roll

Edit: changed the formatting

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  # 999973 6-Mar-2014 09:19
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flyingdutchdude: This is a good insight into the workings of the scam

I can't get the video to play.


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