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  21-Jun-13, 02:37   #1
Question For The Computer Experts About Internet Fraud... 0 
demodawggy 

Joined: Feb '12
Location: Canada
Age: 56 (M)
Posts: 5682
Hey guys,....today I had a call from some lady with an East Indian accent (from India likely) claiming to be from Western Union about a refund for a computer I supposedly bought that I filed for. (I never filed for a refund for a computer I never bought)

She asked if I was Mr. *****,......which is HER last name, not mine because we have the phone in her name. I knew it was a scam caller, so I played dumb and followed along for a bit.

She said in order to bring up some form I have to fill out, that I have to:

...hold down the start button at the lower left of my keyboard and then press the letter r

I didn't want to do that in case of trouble so I asked her to tell me what else to do,...and I'll do it later...

She said I had to do it while she was on the phone....

Realizing this wasn't going any farther,....I outright said that she was a fraud trying to phish me into doing something....

She then called me a bitch and then hung up... lol..

As if a Western Union employee is going to call you a bitch...

Question: What is it with this holding down the Start button and pressing another letter on the keyboard...?

The same thing happened about a few months when some guy from India called to tell me that 'Windows' is down in my area....(lol....Windows doesn't GO down in 'areas'),...and that I need to press down the Start button while pressing another key on the board so he can FIX the problem for me......

After I played HIM for a bit then told him he too was a fraud...HE quickly hung up too...

What exactly are they trying to get you to do...? Hook up to THEIR computer so they can get access to your private information...?

Edited by demodawggy (Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 02:45 GMT)


     
  21-Jun-13, 03:01   #2
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Bazzapotter 
Joined: May '13
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 26 (M)
Posts: 1
Don't know what they were trying to achieve but they need to do a lot more than start+(key) to.access or harm your computer. Smile

     
  21-Jun-13, 03:19   #3
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yout85 
Joined: May '12
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 31 (M)
Posts: 2016
Windows + r opens up the run command, where instructions can be typed and the CPU will carry them out. It's likely they will get you to their website, which will be a remote access site then they can go through your computer as if it were their own. Any saved passwords would be obtainable along with access to all saved files.

It's a good job these scammers are so blatantly frauds - but there are some gullible people out there that will fall for things like this.

     
  21-Jun-13, 13:43   #4
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demodawggy 

Joined: Feb '12
Location: Canada
Age: 56 (M)
Posts: 5682
Thanks for the replies gents...!

I'm no computer genius by any means,....but I just knew as soon as they want to give you instructions on what to do,...something rotton is going on....

I'm thinking that THEY are thinking,...that SOME folks are just plain stupid,....while OTHERS might be thinking they can capitalize on a mistake by the caller, and dishonestly collect some free cash for nothing,....but in reality, it's like a reverse sting...lol... Big Smile

     
  21-Jun-13, 14:50   #5
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jomull57 

Joined: Apr '12
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 45 (F)
Posts: 438
when our internet was playing up we phoned the provider and she asked us to do something like that
then she could changed some settings on out internet box and pc by remote access

     
  23-Jun-13, 20:52   #6
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HenryMinute 

Joined: Apr '12
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 67 (M)
Posts: 207
Posted by demodawggy:
Hey guys,....today I had a call from some lady with an East Indian accent (from India likely) claiming to be from Western Union about a refund for a computer I supposedly bought that I filed for. (I never filed for a refund for a computer I never bought)

She asked if I was Mr. *****,......which is HER last name, not mine because we have the phone in her name. I knew it was a scam caller, so I played dumb and followed along for a bit.

She said in order to bring up some form I have to fill out, that I have to:

...hold down the start button at the lower left of my keyboard and then press the letter r

I didn't want to do that in case of trouble so I asked her to tell me what else to do,...and I'll do it later...

She said I had to do it while she was on the phone....

Realizing this wasn't going any farther,....I outright said that she was a fraud trying to phish me into doing something....

She then called me a bitch and then hung up... lol..

As if a Western Union employee is going to call you a bitch...

Question: What is it with this holding down the Start button and pressing another letter on the keyboard...?

The same thing happened about a few months when some guy from India called to tell me that 'Windows' is down in my area....(lol....Windows doesn't GO down in 'areas'),...and that I need to press down the Start button while pressing another key on the board so he can FIX the problem for me......

After I played HIM for a bit then told him he too was a fraud...HE quickly hung up too...

What exactly are they trying to get you to do...? Hook up to THEIR computer so they can get access to your private information...?

I had a similar experience recently.
Answered phone and the guy said "I am calling from your ISP". I asked him why he was lying to me and he blustered for a bit and eventually I asked him what he wanted. "Erm, errr is your internet OK?"
"Yes". He hangs up.

     
  5-Jul-13, 14:18   #7
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rafiko1 

Joined: May '12
Location: Belgium
Age: 24 (M)
Posts: 275
Me too I went through a similar experience yesterday.
I had to receive a new laptop screen yesterday and on the morning I got a call from someone who told me I have some computer issues.
The guy spoke with an Indian accent (again Indian!).
At first I thought it was related to the laptop screen but then he began speaking about difficulties of the performance of my PC, accompanied by malware, viruses, dangerous files etc.
It was early in the morning (around 9 am) and really wanted to go back to sleep so decided not to be harsh.
He told me if my PC is in the area so he could help me, in which I replied that I didn't want any help and will just install an anti-virus software.
He urged me to go to my PC and I replied to him that I think he is a scam.
He said : "no no no, no scam".
I said : "scam, scam, scam".
Finished the conversation and went back to sleep. Agree

Edited by rafiko1 (Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 15:03 GMT)


     
  5-Jul-13, 14:42   #8
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demodawggy 

Joined: Feb '12
Location: Canada
Age: 56 (M)
Posts: 5682
Yep,.....TOTAL scam rafiko.....!

I prefer playing them along for a bit,..... Just come across as if you are REALLY dumb and get them to waste as much of their time as possible explaining stuff... lol...

     
  5-Jul-13, 16:25   #9
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ryanbighetty 

Joined: Nov '11
Location: Canada
Age: 23 (M)
Posts: 158
same thing a indian lady keeps phoning .......about my pc I wonder what crazy people are thinking ...........//////////////////// Agree Agree Agree

     
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