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Phone Call From Microsoft

  1. #21


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by hydranix View Post
    I've received several many calls stating in a thick Indian accent "Hello I am from Microsoft, you have a problem with update your Windows PC"

    I would usually hang up, but it got so annoying I decided to play along...


    These were the old Ammyy scammers, who would remote into your machine and show you the many errors in your event log.
    An attempt to get you to spend $400+ on their "repair" software, which I bet does little more than clear your event log...


    Anyway, I was using purely Linux on my desktop at the time, and wanted to mess with these guys a bit.

    Within 4 minutes of stalling I had a virtual machine with Windows 7 up and running. I also added a nice little handfull of Image Hijacks (these cause other exe programs to run in place of the normal ones). To name a few:
    eventvwr.msc
    taskmgr.exe
    control.exe
    iexplorer.exe

    Further, I put many disgusting and horrible things littered around the machine in the few places they were to navigate through. The kinds of things that would give even a lowly con artist second thoughts about dealing with such a deranged and creepy person.

    Then using my phone's internet connection for the VM, i gave them remote access. (Didn't want them anywhere near my real network, went far as unplugging my ethernet during this escapade.


    You could hear in their voice when they were remoted in that there was substantial difficulty remaining composed and "professional".


    About 4 different people tried to handle this machine as I played totally stupid, before they finally gave up and just hung up on me.


    Never got a call again.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by hydranix View Post
    About 4 different people tried to handle this machine as I played totally stupid, before they finally gave up and just hung up on me.


    Never got a call again.
    'Noice'!
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