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Funny scammer phone call

Unread postby opcode » Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:17 pm

So I am home alone today with nothing to do. I was upstairs reading Introducing the UNIX Sytem by Henry McGilton and Rachel Morgan and waiting for my new ebay Indy to arrive. The phone rings and I don't recognize the number so I answer it. It is a gentleman with an Indian sounding accent and he tells me that my computer has problems and is reporting errors to their web server. I think, oh this is going to be fun....

I switch to a noob idiot kind of voice and start answering his questions. I chum the line so he smells blood in the water. "Oh no, how can we get this fixed?" He asks me to go to my computer and then asks me to locate the ctrl key at the bottom left of my keyboard. He then asks what is the key to the right. I respond "da A L T key" (spelling out the letters). We go round and round for a minute and he starts to get agitated and thinking that I am an idiot and can't see the Window$ key. I then tell him "It is an older granite keyboard, I don't have a Windows key.". He then asks what kind of computer I have. I respond with "It is a Silicon Graphics Indy". I can hear him telling someone in the background and it seems like they are looking it up on the internet. He then tells me that he is transferring me to the senior technician. There wasn't any technology with the phone, the other guy just started talking to me. He said, "That is a nice computer you have!". I say "thanks!". He then asks me what I see on the screen. I say "I see my Indigo Magic Desktop, the ToolChest, the Dumpster, home directory, Photoshop, and Buttonfly icons.". This really confuses him. He asks me if I have a Windows laptop, I reply "No, I don't like Windows very much.". He asks what internet connection that I use. "I got one computer that is using an Integrated Services Digital Network line, OC3 on the WAN interface of my router and I also running a token ring and FDDI network with my six other computers.". He asks what other computers I have. "Onyx2, Indigo, Indigo2, Tezro, Octane, and an old azz O2." He then asks if I can go to Google and type in team viewer or something like that. I imagine that is some sort of remote control software. He has me click the download button and then asks me to double click it. My response " I am going to have to download that in SoftWindows, I won't be able to open a .exe file directly... It won't run on my RISC MIPS R5000...Probably cause it ain't got no branch prediction.". He then asks what operating system I am using. "IRIX 6.5.22m with Nekoware!", I enthusiastically reply! He then said that he would have their IRIX specialist give me a call back in about 30 minutes.

I have to hand it to them, they really did give it the old college try. I was kinda surprised that they didn't figure out I was messing with them. If they ever call back, I promise I will record it!
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Re: Funny scammer phone call

Unread postby Krokodil » Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:57 pm

opcode wrote:So I am home alone today with nothing to do. I was upstairs reading Introducing the UNIX Sytem by Henry McGilton and Rachel Morgan and waiting for my new ebay Indy to arrive. The phone rings and I don't recognize the number so I answer it. It is a gentleman with an Indian sounding accent and he tells me that my computer has problems and is reporting errors to their web server. I think, oh this is going to be fun....

I switch to a noob idiot kind of voice and start answering his questions. I chum the line so he smells blood in the water. "Oh no, how can we get this fixed?" He asks me to go to my computer and then asks me to locate the ctrl key at the bottom left of my keyboard. He then asks what is the key to the right. I respond "da A L T key" (spelling out the letters). We go round and round for a minute and he starts to get agitated and thinking that I am an idiot and can't see the Window$ key. I then tell him "It is an older granite keyboard, I don't have a Windows key.". He then asks what kind of computer I have. I respond with "It is a Silicon Graphics Indy". I can hear him telling someone in the background and it seems like they are looking it up on the internet. He then tells me that he is transferring me to the senior technician. There wasn't any technology with the phone, the other guy just started talking to me. He said, "That is a nice computer you have!". I say "thanks!". He then asks me what I see on the screen. I say "I see my Indigo Magic Desktop, the ToolChest, the Dumpster, home directory, Photoshop, and Buttonfly icons.". This really confuses him. He asks me if I have a Windows laptop, I reply "No, I don't like Windows very much.". He asks what internet connection that I use. "I got one computer that is using an Integrated Services Digital Network line, OC3 on the WAN interface of my router and I also running a token ring and FDDI network with my six other computers.". He asks what other computers I have. "Onyx2, Indigo, Indigo2, Tezro, Octane, and an old azz O2." He then asks if I can go to Google and type in team viewer or something like that. I imagine that is some sort of remote control software. He has me click the download button and then asks me to double click it. My response " I am going to have to download that in SoftWindows, I won't be able to open a .exe file directly... It won't run on my RISC MIPS R5000...Probably cause it ain't got no branch prediction.". He then asks what operating system I am using. "IRIX 6.5.22m with Nekoware!", I enthusiastically reply! He then said that he would have their IRIX specialist give me a call back in about 30 minutes.

I have to hand it to them, they really did give it the old college try. I was kinda surprised that they didn't figure out I was messing with them. If they ever call back, I promise I will record it!


Always liked that IRIX has a dumpster instead of a recycle bin, I guess someone had a sense of humor and yes teamviewer is a free conferencing software with remote control.
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Re: Funny scammer phone call

Unread postby MrBill » Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:54 am

Ive gotten a couple of calls in a similar format. I think they pull my number off adds for things i have for sale on Craigslist.

Difference being i described the face of the microwave rather than my SGI machines. They did not call back.
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Re: Funny scammer phone call

Unread postby Dodoid » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:14 pm

Someday I want to run a Windows VM with black desktop background, hidden taskbar, and a VNC connection to an Octane or something. When scammers call, I will open teamviewer so they are controlling the VM and then quickly alt tab to the VNC client. Watch as scammer tries to figure out IRIX.
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Re: Funny scammer phone call

Unread postby vishnu » Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:11 am

Funny I've never gotten a "your Windows is all messed up according to our webserver" call but I get at least a half dozen "this is the IRS and we are filing a lawsuit against you" calls every week... :evil:
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Re: Funny scammer phone call

Unread postby uunix » Sat Jul 23, 2016 2:07 am

Dodoid wrote:Someday I want to run a Windows VM with black desktop background, hidden taskbar, and a VNC connection to an Octane or something. When scammers call, I will open teamviewer so they are controlling the VM and then quickly alt tab to the VNC client. Watch as scammer tries to figure out IRIX.


Maybe I could pass on the numbers of some of our clients who have managed to obtain this crypto locking thing.. quite possibly they could do a better job than their own IT departments.
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Re: Funny scammer phone call

Unread postby commodorejohn » Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:07 am

uunix wrote:Maybe I could pass on the numbers of some of our clients who have managed to obtain this crypto locking thing.. quite possibly they could do a better job than their own IT departments.

As someone who has to do cleanup/restore after a crypto-locker attack at least twice per quarter, I can tell you that the hell of it is that usually their IT department can't do much of anything to prevent it, because preventing it means either solid end-user education for everybody in the office (hahaha, right, pull the other one) or locking everything down with permissions controls (which invariably breaks whatever decades-old business software they rely on.)
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Re: Funny scammer phone call

Unread postby uunix » Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:26 pm

Unfortunately, we live in a world where you cannot educate any user.. I agree with your statements .. saying that, on installation of a server and the setup of any AD, you have the opportunity to implement setting via server or GP to minimise any future issues...

1/ Shadow Copies
2/ Software launch restrictions via GP + many other GP options.
3/ Backups!!

An IT company should take responsibility for looking after it's users, regardless of their IQ.

[EDIT] BTW I left off AV.. since it obviously doesn't cope with human intervention!
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