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Old 10-06-2018, 04:22 PM
Location: SoCal
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Originally Posted by Willamette City View Post
I'm so glad I have Apple computers. Don't have to put up with any of that BS.
Apples are becoming increasingly popular and the hacking goes according to market share. You are only safe compared to MSFT but you are not safe.
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:09 PM
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I only use Linux and I get these scam callers at least once every six months or so. For some reason they're always on the other line whose number I don't give out, and I don't know why their autodialler more aggressively targets that one instead of my main line, which is in the same CO and exchange. Anyways, I like to waste their time and play along, winging it. I got one once a couple months ago when I had a lunch guest over and she was in stitches. It got to the point of giving them a credit card number, so I gave them an expired American Express gift card with a zero balance. Strangely, he didn't cuss me out in Hindi-Arab-Iraqistani or whatever like they usually do when it didn't work and I outed him.

Someday I really should set up an honeypot on a junk PC with a sacrificial install of NT 6.2 and let them go to town "in the name of science". It might be interesting to see what, exactly, they do.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:06 PM
Location: SoCal
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There's a honeypot "open source" project (you can Google) where people donate extra computing to put up spammer magnets that lead spambots on endless and ever expanding links, just to waste their time.

Come to think of it, I have some domains that I don't use and intend to let expire. I could point them all at one of my server directories with the honeypot software. I kind of like that idea.

I have only one real website (well and a very small forum) and in my real website (about cooking) I've got "sentinels" (fake links) which are clearly marked in my robots.txt file: do not index. I designed an automated process that auto-bans any Internet vacuum cleaner (who is sucking up my content) if they hit a link that is clearly prohibited in my robots.txt file. Bad behaved robots go to my roach motel and they never check out.
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:08 AM
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I recently ran across some videos on YouTube that document these tech support scammers.

Now I understand how my elderly friend was scammed twice in the last year or two.

First she fell for the tech support contract scam where you get a fake pop up telling your system is corrupted etc.

Then about a year later she fell for the fake refund scam. The fake refund scam is especially devious because the refund scam allows them to up the ante into thousands of dollars. The fake tech support contract scam only works if the cost is less than buying a new laptop, so that limits the scam to probably under $1000. The fake refund scam lets them bump this up to close to $10,000.

Here are two YouTube posters who have documented how the scam works. Both posters infiltrated the scammers machines with their own clandestine remote access software, and monitored and recorded how the scam works from scammers side.


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Old 11-01-2018, 10:20 AM
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Originally Posted by ItsRick24 View Post
So this guy calls me, out of the blue. Claims he's from Microsoft, says I'm getting a $150 refund for something I allegedly purchased some time back. Red flag #1 (I don't remember buying anything from Microsoft, outside of a $1200 laptop!) Goes on to say that I needed to turn on my computer, let him have remote access to "repair" some issues on my computer - Red Flag #2!
So I know an actual Microsoft guy. I mean someone who really works for Microsoft. I'll call him "Brian" (not his real name), so I put this guy on hold, call Brian and try to establish a three -way. I tell Brian what's going on, inform him that I have the guy on the other line. "Let me speak with him," he says.
I open the first line, make sure the caller is still there, "Hi, this is Brian, tech manager with Microsoft, and who may I be speaking with?" CLICK! The line went dead.

Anyone else ever gotten such a call?
I've gotten a similar call in August or September from an automated phone system that warned me of a virus on my computer or something to that effect, I hung up and blocked the number. I'd ignore such calls, they're not legit.
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