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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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I keep getting a phone call from a guy claiming that my computer is infected and interfering with their site. You see some crazed hacker who has escaped my detection and all possible defenses is riding my machine like Zorro!

So, I play dumb. How hard is that, they think I am an idiot so it is what they expect. I speak to 3 or 4 tech consultants who all agree my machine is dirtier than a bag of wet roaches.

I innocently ask how did you get my phone number. Well they say, they are Global tech. They tracked down my IP and then used it to get my phone number. A pretty good trick by the way.

Okay, so they have the dummy hooked. A lady comes on and tells me not to worry. I tell her I have a bad heart and this is too much stress. She assures me they will clean my rat infested machine for nothing, after all they are Global tech.

I am so happy. I am not going to die and my machine will now run better than new. After all, they are Global tech.

They tell me to go here www.logmein123.com. There I will have my machine remotely controlled and cleaned for the amazing price of zero dollars after all they are Global tech.

Now here is where the story gets interesting after leading these dummies around for a half hour I just hung up. They are going to call back. I am out of ideas of how to waste their time. Got any?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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That's very funny!

I have read about scammers calling to instal malware, and no wonder that they succeed because the majority are dumb.

But how do such crooks manage to get a digital certificate from Thawte, Inc. ? Is there no background check before issuing one?

What reason did they give to tell that your machine is dirty?

Tell them that you have entered the code, yet it's leading you nowhere. They may become more desperate!

*Last edited by gAr (2011-08-12 16:30:44)*

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" - Buddha?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

They told me that my machine was being used by hackers to damage their site.

Their next step is too install malware on my machine. When the computer crashes they then will offer to fix everything for a price of course. I googled for them and they are very busy. People all over the world have been taken by them, one guy for 4000 dollars.

Yes, the next time they call I am going to play with them a bit more.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

They are operating for more than a year, that too only from GoDaddy.com domain - when someone already had complained about it!

I guess they must be richer than micro**** to operate for such a long time.

Play with them. Ask them very basic questions.

Ask about math, they will definitely hang up!

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

They depend on volume. The more calls they make the higher the victim count. Delaying them cuts into their profits, next time I am going to put them on hold for a while.

Maybe, I will do what you suggest. I will offer to give them a 23 hour talk on orthogonal polynomials. Free of charge of course.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Okay. But it's really surprising to see them in action for such a long time!

Yes, that would be fun!

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

As long as they are preying on common people there is no one to stop them. Now if they were messing with M*8icr-*-so--ft or the MPAA then suddenly the F**B**--I ( which appears to be little more than a security force to protect bankers, corporations and the movie industry ) would be all over them.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

Hmmm, okay, I get it.

It's "survival of the fittest" world! The imbeciles are the victims.

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

It does look like they will continue their tactic of tricking the unwary for a long time to come. Although I think that everyone here already knows about them I posted it anyway.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Okay.

But look at their greedy guts!

Maybe, they operate outside the US?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

They might. But that is the beauty of today, the criminals have gone global!

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Yes, they chose the right name!

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

There may be a real company by that name.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

Yes, actually there are many "global tech"s with slight variations.

They may sue each other for trademark infringement!

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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There is lots of them. They will eventually sue each other and all go bankrupt. The scamsters will remain.

The scamsters claim they are from Micr***** Global Tech. That is an impressive name. I think everyone should send them 4000 dollars.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Right!

Only money can be sent to them, not complaints.

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

They supposedly have a bogus website that you are sent to if you do not like the way you have been robbed.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

Is it? What is that for?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

I do not know. I guess they think that is funny.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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hi guys

bobby i would suggest you get into their heads.tell them your computer started acting strange lately.your anti-virus has gone nuts and you cannot open your internet browser.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

Oh, okay!

I just can't stop wondering that people still fall prey to such old tricks!

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi anonimnystefy;

Yes, I did a little bit of that and I am going to do more.

Hi gAr;

For some people those are brand new tricks.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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hi

if my parents by any chance got that call they would totally fall for it.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi anonimnystefy,

It may gradually spread out everywhere!

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

That is exactly what is happening. There is a couple of threads dedicated to these guys.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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