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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 2017-04-20, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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After a couple of years they have started again. Got a phone call yesterday from a bubbleheaded jerk who English was so bad that I only understood one word for every three spoken. It seems "Microsoft" has received a message that my computer has been infected with a nasty virus and he is here to help me. I cursed him out in no uncertain terms and told him to "pi$$ off". I also told him that Microsoft would not use people whose English is so bad to help people. I also told him that I have an Apple computer (I can lie too). sailmaker
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Yep, started a few days ago for me:

http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-551-241-5125

They never got through to me, but after the I saw the second call on my call display I typed the number into my search engine and it was confirmed by the link above. I immediately added the number to my call block.

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It's always fun to play them. I run Linux and when they say "Click on the Start button", I ask where's that, tell them I can't find it etc.
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Got one to hang up pretty quick the other day.

Told them sure, hold on. I will have to turn off the police call scanner thats running on my machine.

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I have often let telemarketers get started on their spiel and then quitely put them on hold. I then wait to see how long it takes them to hang up.

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W5 investigation: Inside an illegal call centre in India scamming millions from Canadians

This CTV W5 story covers the scammers from India. Big money for them, very little punishment if they are caught.
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My father got the call yesterday. When the guy mentioned "Windows" my father thought it was those "Windows and Doors" telemarketers, so he said to them He already had all the windows in his house replaced with new ones, but the guy interrupted him and said "NOOO, this is Microsoft Windows calling, about your computer" and then my dad knew it was a Scham and told the guy where to go.

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W5 investigation: Inside an illegal call centre in India scamming millions from Canadians

This CTV W5 story covers the scammers from India. Big money for them, very little punishment if they are caught.
The problem with those places is that the police are just as corrupt or worse. Canada can talk all they want, India will just turn around and scam another poor soul. I just wish I could get in their office when they have a poor elderly on the hook and they just toy with them. I would toy with them and it would lower the population by a few.

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When I was called by one of these guys I gave him a real computer problem and asked him to help me solve it. I think I had a screenshot of a blue-screen-of-death or a kernel panic.

So tell them that yes you have a nasty virus and you're so glad they called about it. Tell them that you can't get online and read-off some cryptic error message (google for a BSOD message if you need to).

When I did that the guy promptly hung up on me and I haven't been bothered by them since.
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Or if they ask you to press any key, you ask him where is it as you can't see that key.

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That's what I was thinking of!!
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I like asking them if they've accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

One of them started yelling at me that I was wasting his time.
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I saw this on a TED talk a few months ago, but I'll paraphrase:

With VOIP, the phone calls they make are essentially free from anywhere in the world. So, the thing that costs them money is the people they employ at these call centres. If you waste their time, you waste their money; when one of these jokers calls me, I play very dumb for as long as I can keep it up (assuming I don't have something going on the stove).

WASTE THEIR TIME. If you hang up immediately, they move on. If they're on the phone with a person who's dicking them around for three minutes, that's three minutes they're not spending scamming someone else. I found that telling them over and over again things like, "No, I don't think so" or, "No, that doesn't sound right," really, REALLY frustrates them (and is pretty amusing to boot).

Same goes for "Canada Revenue Agency." They will only ever send you a letter; they'll never call you.
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Same goes for "Canada Revenue Agency." They will only ever send you a letter; they'll never call you.
They also don't sent Interac transfers. I've received a couple of those recently. They're phishing attempts.

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