In a previous post, Scamtastic (http://truejdk.com/2012/05/09/scamtastic/) I talked about a very dodgy little company which liked to phone up on behalf of Microsystems Tech, and pull off a scam. They’re fairly persistent, and change around a bit. So I play them.
These are the last two dealings, each time with me posing as little doddery old man.
1. They called to speak to the previous homeowner, and I explained they didn’t live there any more. They got pretty rude and aggressive, demanding a contact number. Literally, demanding. I switched back to normal voice, and shouted at the top of my voice for them to **** off, and hung up.
2. They called again this weekend. So, I played along for a bit. Kept them on hold whilst I went for my laptop. Then whilst I switched it on. Not just a little while, as long as I could. They were very polite, but the speech was pretty much the same.
My computer (apparently all of the computers which use the internet in my house) were sending messages to IT Systems IT, a specialist company, to tell them that there were unwanted files on my computer. And I definitely don’t want unwanted files on my computer, as this is bad.
So, whilst they asked me to do some various IT stuff, I played along. Sorry. Played with them:
- What’s the “windows” key? I can’t see one that looks like a window.
- Run? You want me to go for a run?
- OK, I’m typing in wwwdotaforapplemformary…
The usual fun. To his credit, the scamming wretch at the other end was very polite. In the end, he tried to direct me to www.ammyy.com
This is where I switched tack. When he asked me what I saw, I told him that I now had a screen which warned me about the AMMYY scam. The web is filled with them (http://www.avforums.com/forums/isps-internet/1241546-ammyy-phone-call-scam.html for example).
And so our conversation started to go as:
- Me – So this is where you want to send me? A site which wants me to download software to allow you to remote access my laptop, allow you access, at which point you charge me an extortionate fee to not delete all my files?
- Him – We can only do this with your permission, sir.
- Me – You think I’m going to give you my permission to do that?
- Him – But you don’t want these unwanted files, sir, and we will get rid of them for you.
- Me – <Explain his whole scam to him, and that I’m not interested>
- Him – No, no, sir. We definitely don’t do that.
- Me – Your company does not exist. Your operation is a scam. Aaaannnddd….
- Me – <Hang up>
It’s actually quite a fun way to spend half an hour. So, basically:
IF SOMEONE PHONES YOU UP, AND ASKS YOU TO DO SOMETHING TO YOUR COMPUTER, OR LET THEM DO IT… SAY NO!!!
Check out their name. Check out their company name. Do a Google search – Google is your friend. DO NOT ACCEPT! Offer to call back, if you need time to check.
Genuine companies do NOT call unsolicited.
That is all.