Computer Scam Warning - this one is real

This isn't a spoof scam or spam - this happened to someone at work yesterday. His wife got a call from a guy claiming to be from Microsoft, he stated that her PC was running slow (which is was). He got her to reveal her IP and tick the allow remote control in advanced system properties. He then grabbed control of her system and started rifling though her pictures and demanding money for security software to fix the slowdown issue.

She shutdown the laptop when they started demanding money. Her laptop had Norton 360 installed but this is no defence if you allow someone to remote to your PC. Companies like Microsoft would never cold call you like this, only when you have raised a ticket with them.

More details here:

computeractive.co.uk/com…e=2

It's seems such a stupidly audacious scam that no-one in there right mind would fall for it, but as with all scams there's always someone who will.

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Ha, foolish woman! How the hell would they know her PC was running slowly!

Someone called me from 'microsoft' the other day with the same nonsense.

I just laughed and put the phone down.

I love these type of calls, including the ones offering a holiday. I always take them up the garden path and play with them, then after a lengthy period of time hurl abuse.

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Pointless thread. Only complete idiots would fall for it, and they deserve it.

This has been going on for around 4 months now... MS are aware of the issue.

MS will never ring a customer due to them no activley monitoring the OS on a private customer.



vibeone

Pointless thread. Only complete idiots would fall for it, and they … Pointless thread. Only complete idiots would fall for it, and they deserve it.



seconded, you really have to be a complete moron to believe this tripe

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I don't believe for a second she was.

If she is smart enough to be talked through setting up remote access then she won't have fallen for this "scam". It'll be some guy bs'ing at work who read this in a month old magazine at the dentist and decided to embelish his "cool story" to hide the fact his wife left him 2 months ago after finding kiddie porn on his comp.

Natural selection at its best.

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To be honest, these sorts of brain-benders shouldn't be allowed on my internet anyway.

vibeone

Pointless thread. Only complete idiots would fall for it, and they … Pointless thread. Only complete idiots would fall for it, and they deserve it.



So when did they have you?

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ants97

I don't believe for a second she was. If she is smart enough to be … I don't believe for a second she was. If she is smart enough to be talked through setting up remote access then she won't have fallen for this "scam". It'll be some guy bs'ing at work who read this in a month old magazine at the dentist and decided to embelish his "cool story" to hide the fact his wife left him 2 months ago after finding kiddie porn on his comp.



No it did happen I've seen the laptop, I work in IT so that chap brought it in for me to fix. It's not hard to talk someone though a basic right click here and tick that etc. They are of the older over 60's generation, not PC literate.

This is the internet equivalent of someone walking up to you and saying "hmmm your car doesn't seem to be running right, give me your keys and I will fix it for you, make sure you leave all your personal belongings in there to"

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Yeah, it’s like that time a friend of mine was baby-sitting and she kept getting calls from this weirdo saying he was going to slice her from clacker to eyeballs. She got a bit freaked out then he phoned up and said he was in the house. Then he chopped her in two.

And that definitely happened because although she was dead, she deffo told me all about it the next day

Original Poster

I know I found it hard to believe they fell for it, same with all scams really. If you know any elderly or vulnerable people who use the internet it may be worth a mention.

SuperEd

had this today , call from abroad call centre saying his name was 'peter' lol told em in kind words to do one

Surely everyone knows that Microsoft can't fix anything.

It hardly beyond the realm of chance that this would happen to someone.

I know at least two people who would probably fall for this. One is my older brother who after he started getting pop-ups asked me to fix his laptop, turned out he had been running the thing for a year with zero protection. I gave up on letting him manage his own security when he asked 'whats a firewall?'.

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Ungreat

It hardly beyond the realm of chance that this would happen to someone.I … It hardly beyond the realm of chance that this would happen to someone.I know at least two people who would probably fall for this. One is my older brother who after he started getting pop-ups asked me to fix his laptop, turned out he had been running the thing for a year with zero protection. I gave up on letting him manage his own security when he asked 'whats a firewall?'.



I think the virus situation is getting worse on the internet, I'm getting requests all the time off people to fix their computers after a virus infection, all got infected with the scenario you described.

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scoopy2scoops

I think the virus situation is getting worse on the internet, I'm getting … I think the virus situation is getting worse on the internet, I'm getting requests all the time off people to fix their computers after a virus infection, all got infected with the scenario you described.



Where to start with that one.

Personally based on that post I don't think I'd let my computer anywhere near you.

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vibeone

Where to start with that one.Personally based on that post I don't think … Where to start with that one.Personally based on that post I don't think I'd let my computer anywhere near you.



Personally based on your post I'm surprised that you've broke away for a minute from licking your laptop screen
Edited by: "scoopy2scoops" 1st Sep 2010

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scoopy2scoops

Personally based on your post I'm surprised that you've broke away for a … Personally based on your post I'm surprised that you've broke away for a minute from licking your laptop screen



Thats terrible. Seriously, must try harder.

Now run along and go fix some computers. Sigh.

I've had two of these calls recently, the latest from "Jonathan" (Yeah right) claiming to be from the "international broadband register" saying he's received a report of a virus on my P.C. I told him he should be ashamed of himself trying to rip off people and he apologised and hung up!
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