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Old 01-28-2016, 01:39 PM
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New spoof; blue screen of death


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There's a new spoof going around on the internet. I tried to log onto Youtube and got the "blue screen of death" with a warning that appeared to be from an official sight to "do not push back button, do not reboot or shut off computer or you'll lose data. Call technicial support at 888-866-8775 for instruction"

Called and got someone in India who basically tried to have me give remote access to my computer using a code he provided.

I did NOT enter the code, but DID ask if was under contract to Microsoft or Apple. He said no, they are an independant support company called "Support Buddy".

Long story short, they CHARGE for "fixing" a problem that doesn't exist. It's a scam!

Simply closed the window, and life was happy again. My anti-virus program cleaned up their "stuff".

My shooting buddy got the same "virus" yesterday.
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:13 PM
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Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:22 PM
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They are after your credit card or debit card number! They'll even call you on the phone! I don't want to seem like I'm prejudiced or anything, but if I get a call from India, I hang up! The scams are frequent and the legit calls zero! That's not a good track record.
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:59 PM
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:19 PM
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A fellow that works with my wife just got a phone call telling him that he won the Publishers Clearing House Grand Prize and a new Chevy Silverado P/U. They gave him a phone number to call and verify his winnings, but that he needed to forward $400 to their HQ, via Western Union at WalMart. It took the whole office most of the morning to convince him not to do it.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:49 PM
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Sadly, such schemes are as common as bird poop on the sidewalk. Don't ever call a number that pops up on your computer screen and if you have to, hold down the power button to get the computer to turn off or pull the plug if you get one of these pop-ups. If you can kill the process with the task manager, great, but that's talking greek to most folks.....
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Old 02-05-2016, 10:11 AM
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Called and got someone in India who basically tried to have me give remote access to my computer using a code he provided.
Here's another one:

Got a call from a personal phone number, representing themselves as an agent for the IRS, (in garbled Indian/English, with a lot of static). They wanted a $2000 settlement on my credit card, over the phone, or they would take me to court.

As I was at my computer, I googled the number, 202-492-8816, it came up as a scam. When I mentioned that to the caller, "click". We've had a couple similar calls, all from people with a strong Indian accent, (that's not Native American, BTW), representing former employers, Social Security, investment opportunities, etc.
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Old 02-05-2016, 02:02 PM
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I had one the other day and the caller ID said "Windows Support." Of course I knew is was a scam but I thought I'd answer it for fun.

In the tinny, high-pitched accent of south Asia, the voice said, "Ello, thees ees Microsoft support calling about your computer."

My immediate response was: "I don't own a computer (true, I own more than one computer ). Is this a bull**** scam from some third world ****hole?"

Click.

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Old 02-07-2016, 08:09 AM
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I had one a while back saying that I had won $100,000 plus a new car of some kind. I knew right off it was a spam as I have not registered for anything for years. What he wanted was for me to buy a certain card at Walmart for 10% of the prize amount for taxes. I insisted that they bring my check with the 10% withheld instead. The guy was not happy about that and eventually hung up.

As for the computer, I ran across a pop-up that started a lot of siren noises and saying I had hit an infected site. It used the name of my internet provider. I called the number and found out very quickly that they wanted to charge my credit card to fix the "problem". It had nothing to do with my internet provider at all.

Many here, especially older people, have had little exposure to scams of any kind. Suddenly, with the internet, these people are exposed to a world wide network filled with sharks that will take their last dime and gloat over it. It is a sad situation. The old adage still applies. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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Old 02-10-2016, 04:58 PM
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Unfortunately, older or the soon to retire are indeed most vulnerable. Back in the 70's a co-worker about to retire attended a "retirement seminar" where he was offered the opportunity to purchase a new computer for $5000.00 that he could use to perform "at home computer work". Even back then, alarms went off in my head and I made it my business to assist him and make sure he wasn't taken advantage of.

The computer being offered was a 386 based PC that typically sold for about $1500 back then, and the contract provided no assurance of any work, or pay for that matter. Luckily for my co-worker, and not so lucky for his new "business partner" was the fact that my girlfriend was a deputy DA working in the fraud division of a large City.

Long story short, the fraudster got arrested, and my co-worker got his $2500 deposit back.

Sure would be nice to see the same treatment for the Wall Street crims who stole from the whole world (and most of my retirement) in 2008.
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Old 02-10-2016, 05:27 PM
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I have received scam phone calls that show up on caller I.D. as originating from my phone number or a neighbors phone number. Must be a new (to me) trick to get you to answer the phone. Fortunately it's pretty easy to see it is a scam when you don't hear your own or your neighbor's voice.
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Old 02-14-2016, 06:40 AM
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No warning, no notices: I was logged into the forum yesterday (Saturday) morning and my laptop screen went blue, then black then dead. Computer dead. Completely dead.

Before the time I had difficulty with corrupt pages - only half a page or not the full "Post reply" or "like" ability.

I'll have the laptop at an expert Monday a.m.
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:06 AM
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Maybe it's something from this forum. Cant get on from my computer and only occasionally from my son's before I get a virus warning.
Been unable to get here for over 2 months.
I think this place is infected.

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