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  1. #31

    Posts : 453
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I KNEW it was too good to be true - Most valid phone tracer sites charge at least 20 bucks per trace.

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  2. #32

    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 64 bit

    The word gullible comes to mind...

    I work in Tech Support and I hear at least twice a day people being hit with these scams...

    If they call, just hang up or you could sound really worried and then hit the mute button and have a cup of tea and get on with life!

    I have had people call me who don't even own a computer be called by these scammers. Some now even proclaim to be calling from the manufacturers...

    'Hello, I'm calling from Toshiba.. we have detected multiple issues with you computer', to which the reply is, 'Oh dear, that is a shame. I have a Sony laptop...'
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  3. #33

    The people I know who have been hit by these scams believe them to be legitimate because the scammer use social engineering to find out they have a Dell, are on Comcast, use Windows, etc... then pretend to be with these specific companies and the users believe them, unaware that they gave the scammers this info. Most of the people I know who have been victims of this are of a generation that were taught thet people are basically honest (they aren't, of course) and that they are to trust authority figures, so anybody who pretends to be in authority and tells them something are to be believed... very sad.
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  4. #34

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,972
    Windows 10 x64

    Quote Originally Posted by alfatide View Post
    I Googled the site I came up with was How To fix and open PNF file extension
    This site has a free download that will clean my computer to fix the problems. Rich will you look at the site and tell me if it is also Bogus?
    It's bogus as well.

    All those 'shiny' extras are ads on the site. I got tired of all that and now I use Adblock extension in the browser to get rid of those.

    Without an adblocker you'll always see more than what the actual content was provided on almost all sites (even on the forums). And the bad ads are to be avoided at all, especially (don't click) those that want to repair your computer, scan for errors/viruses or repair registry.
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  5. #35

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,884
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    I've seen that site, it SUCKS, they need to DIE! They offer fixes for some of the most difficult things to fix in Windows, in a free download. It's Snap.Do or Sirefef! F***ERS!
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  6. #36

    Posts : 55
    Windows 8.1

    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    If you have caller ID get their phone number & report it to the police.

    Or the FCC, ICC, FBI, or somebody.

    Ask them to mail you with more information. ( USPS )-- ( mail fraud )

    People like them are scum.


    If they are stupid enough to mail you,don't open it.
    Take the letter to the police so it can be dusted for finger prints.
    What if they approved to make such calls from authorities and permit for tele-calling?
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  7. #37

    Posts : 132
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC

    Quote Originally Posted by alfatide View Post
    PNF and INF Files wanting to take control of my computer to delete those files. They say they're Junk files and if I don't pay the $40 + my computer will soon crash!

    Is this bogus or not?
    It is obviously bogus! I just fixed a computer owned by an 85 year lady with the short term memory of a gnat. She gave the bogus Microsoft caller her password and allowed remote control of her system. I demoted her from administrator to standard user on her own computer and hope that will stop future problems.

    I don't think she is out of the woods yet, she is one of those people that uses the same password for everything.
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  8. #38

    Wander how many would believe if they got a call like "we detected you have a problem with your roses in the garden" ?
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  9. #39

    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I recorded my last episode and wasted a whack of their time!
    It's quite amusing; maybe I'll make a FLV of it and post it someday!
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