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Anyone calling you as a "Microsoft" security specialist wanting your credit card number?

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posted on Jul, 9 2015 @ 11:48 PM
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Don't let them stress you.

Always keep one thing in mind. If you want something you call them.

No one is going to randomly call you and offer you killer deals on things, or important services, or mega savings on your electric bill unless there's a catch.

Once you've accepted that they are all frauds you can move on to the next step which is treating the scammers like sub human pieces of trash who exist for your amusement. Remember, they are actively trying to steal your personal information, your money, your identity. So... enjoy the opportunity. Let out some steam if you're bored. Waste their time.

Sometimes I pretend to be following the computer guy's instructions. I'll pretend to be hard of hearing and make them scream on the phone. Tell them to hold on while I get the head of the household and put the phone by the PC speaker and play yodeling music.

There is a massive industry out there in which people try to steal from unsuspecting victims. Don't fall for it and if you're bored have at them.

It's far better than the old stress relief ball I used to use.




posted on Jul, 9 2015 @ 11:52 PM
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originally posted by: dawnstar
www.wired.co.uk...

there's nothing like being called an a..h..le by the tech after they delete most of your files and then the guy on the phone tell you that the tech is always right!!


Ouch! Seriously? I was told I needed a Tech; I said to "Tad" only if that Tech is "God". Silence.



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 12:03 AM
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a reply to: vethumanbeing

you should listen to that video I posted, the guy they called was a senior security researcher for malwarebytes and recorded the sales pitch from beginning to end acting like the good little consumer and well they ended the call when they saw he was just stalling in paypal where it wanted his banking information, then they took control of the computer and wiped out his files said by ahole and well....
what can I say don't ever let anyone take control of your computer like that like that unless its someone you know and trust.



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 12:04 AM
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originally posted by: Kentuckymama
I also get the "Microsoft" calls daily. They even show up as my home number......on my home phone. I simply tell them that I have no computer and to take me off their list. Half the time, they hang up as I'm talking. The other half they yell at me in a language I don't speak. Makes my blood pressure high.

I never thought to tell them I had NO COMPUTER; just a very smart vacuum cleaner they cannot hack or threaten me regarding (am I using it now). Yell at you in a language unfamiliar? Clearly they are not civilized people and as I have found, these particular deceptive east Indians when not getting your credit card number come to anger very quickly.

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posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 12:11 AM
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Just the fact that someone asked you for a credit card number over the phone is a hang up, unless you want to have a little fun with them.

If I get a call like that, I throw in a bag of popcorn and get ready for some entertainment.
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posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 12:14 AM
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originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: vethumanbeing

you should listen to that video I posted, the guy they called was a senior security researcher for malwarebytes and recorded the sales pitch from beginning to end acting like the good little consumer and well they ended the call when they saw he was just stalling in paypal where it wanted his banking information, then they took control of the computer and wiped out his files said by ahole and well....
what can I say don't ever let anyone take control of your computer like that like that unless its someone you know and trust.

Everything is working fine; but I must say this is scary dawnstar. I will listen to your video and will never play with these people again; they are serious bad people. I will never take an anonymous call again "just for fun".



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 12:16 AM
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originally posted by: charlyv
Just the fact that someone asked you for a credit card number over the phone is a hang up, unless you want to have a little fun with them.

Popcorn at hand (who are you and what are you about exactly). The eventual hangup was with/by them frustrated. How dare I not have a credit card, outsmart them and waste valuable time in the ability to con another potential shill. I thought it interesting this: there were so many yelling voices in this room; (dedicated con artists) it was as if I were on a futures trading floor.
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posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 12:21 AM
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a reply to: vethumanbeing

I only got as far as the teamviewer page with them myself and just wouldn't let them get access to my computer... my son's an it wiz and well when I saw that I called him and told him to talk to the guy, and after listening awhile he told them that they didn't know what the heck they were talking about and hung up on them told me not to worry about it. no that I know that they will just start deleting people's files if they get a chance and don't get what they want, they are gonna find me much ruder than I usually am!



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 12:34 AM
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a reply to: dawnstar
Yup; teamviewer page; oh yes. I pretended dumb (I watched everything) they were doing. Eventually nothing happened; as I became suspicious, and said so "what are you doing, I am watching your every move". No banking records etc..I had nothing to give them. I am so glad you were not hurt or compromised and had a wiz of son at hand to protect you AWESOME.



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 01:41 AM
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a reply to: vethumanbeing

One of my friends is getting calls like that. He hangs up.



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 01:46 AM
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My 73 year old mother was taken in by this scum-bag scam. They *wits prey on people who don't know.



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 02:02 AM
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Not exactly the same, but today I got nailed by some kind of malware popup. It was a popup I couldn't close, with an annoying audio playing over and over and over, telling me that I was infected with a virus, and I needed to call a number with my credit card number in hand to pay the fee to rid me of said virus. I had to hard quit(CTRL + ALT + DEL) my whole chrome browser to get rid of it.

I can see how these scams might fool people, like my family that has me "fix" their computers all the time. It's scary, and intrusive, and that robot bitch voice will have almost anyone willing to pay just to shut her up, if you don't know any other way.

I mean, I love my family, but every few months they are asking me to fix their slow computer. I take a look, and there is like 100's if #wear installed. Browser toolbars, programs, you name it. Yeah, your computer is gonna take 45 mins to load up, and be unresponsive with all that startup crap loaded.

My virus turned out to be nothing more than a hijack ad, according to the scanners I ran. Getting really sick of the #, if I didn't need photoshop, marvelous designer and zbrush, I would have ditched windows for linux years ago.
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posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 02:02 AM
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a reply to: vethumanbeing

Ha ha i love these people , i let them start their spiel then take the mobile to the kitchen , turn the tv on and go back to the lounge .



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 02:09 AM
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No computer at my household I say, good bye.



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 02:37 AM
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I get a call from anyone who I don't know I won't give them any information:

Them: "Who is this?"

Me: "Who is this?"

Them: "Whom am I calling?"

Me: "You don't know who you are calling?"

Them: "What is your name?"

Me.... hang up.


Them: "I'm looking for so-and-so."

Me: "Sorry, can't help you."

Them: "So-and-so is in trouble, please is he/she there?"

Me: "Sorry can't help you."

Them: "Look I know you are the person, or know the person..."

Me...hang up.


Them: "We are calling from the police union to get donations..."blah blah blah.

Me....hang up.


Them: "We are calling from yadda yadda yadda as a polling service.

Me....hang up.


Them: "We have your 'so-and-so' kidnapped (this really happened) and need....

Me...hang up.



This could go on for a bit longer.


The moral of the story? Don't talk to them. Don't let them manipulate you. Don't get all heated up, just hang up. And never ever give your name, or any personal or family information to anyone you don't know on the phone, especially if they are calling you.
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posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 02:59 AM
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[HOAX!]

Since BB&Q is for ATS-related issues, and (thankfully!) this isn't, I'm moving the thread to [HOAX!] because that seems like the best fit.

That most certainly doesn't mean this thread or reports of this scam are a hoax -- alas, such scams are quite real -- just that someone calling, claiming to be someone they are not and asking for your credit card number seems closer to [HOAX!] than any other ATS forum.

As always, ever and anon, if anyone disagrees with this move or anything else I may do, please don't hesitate to send me a private message, and I'll be happy to see what we can work out.



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 03:44 AM
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a reply to: Majic

I would say moving this to the HOAX bin is about the worst move you could make. It's not a hoax by any means. In fact it is a well documented scam.

Maybe moving to a different forum would be appropriate, but calling this a hoax is not.

Just my 2c



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 03:46 AM
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a reply to: Vector99

If you have a recommendation for a better forum, by all means let me know, but please do so via private message so we don't derail the thread.



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 03:50 AM
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off-topic post removed to prevent thread-drift


 



posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 04:06 AM
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Generally Speaking...

Based on member feedback via PM (thanks everyone!), I'm moving this thread to General Chit Chat.

Members were concerned that its placement in the [HOAX!] forum might give people the wrong idea -- that the report of this scam would be misconstrued as a hoax itself.

Please accept my apology for the "churn" and my own off-topic posts.

And again, if anyone disagrees or has concerns, please send me a private message so we don't disrupt the topic any further.



UPDATE: Also based on member feedback, I have posted a suggestion in the staff forum that we either create a new forum or expand/designate an existing forum for discussing scams. Thanks to everyone who suggested it.


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