Don’t call us, we’ll … well, just don’t

Apparently this is a Thing now:

When the call came [Wednesday] 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.

This scam itself is a few years old now, but I had not personally received one of the calls until … the very day that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a major crackdown on such “boiler room” call center operations.

Difficulty: Planned scamee did not, in fact, have a computer running Windows on the premises.

All this and “un-deletable” viruses, too! Scammers like that should have their, um, Registry scrubbed.





5 comments

  1. sya »

    5 October 2012 · 9:08 pm

    Today I got a mysterious automated message on my answering machine saying that if I wasn’t [the previous resident], I should call them. And if I was [the previous resident], I should also call them. And I’m thinking, “No.”

  2. CGHill »

    5 October 2012 · 9:25 pm

    Neither possibility looks like a good reason to call them.

  3. Tatyana »

    6 October 2012 · 6:03 pm

    But there ARE un-deletable viruses! my Kaspersky tells me there are 2 Trojans somewhere in the machinery, but instead of tearing them to smithereens it puts them in quarantine and then reports that “repair failed”. Obviously, I am helpless in the face of this plague.

  4. CGHill »

    6 October 2012 · 6:38 pm

    You might try Malwarebytes as a supplemental tool.

  5. Tatyana »

    7 October 2012 · 3:57 pm

    Done, thank you!
    Says, it removed 7 viruses. Holy crap.

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