Phone Scam - Windows virus
This afternoon at home my ex directory phone rang and the chap who told me he was called Ryan speaking with a distinct Indian Continent voice with background noise from a very busy call centre went on to tell me that my Windows computer had been identified as running slow because it was infected with a very prevalent virus. Matey then asked me to turn the computer on so that his technicians could check it out and fix it!
Telling him I didn't have Windows but only Linux and Mac didn't deter him too much he persisted telling me that the company he represented (IT Solutions - a web search identifies several legit companies under that name) was working for Windows to sort this global problem out. I then pointed out to him that if I did have a Windows PC with an issue I'd simply pop a new hard disk in and reinstall a clean OS. He told me that a new HD and OS wouldn't solve the problem - it would still be infected! Asking him for a telephone number he gave me a number prefixed with 0203 ringing the number later it rang through to some innocent plumber.
What disturbed me was he fact this scammer had my phone number, name and address. He gave up after about 10 minutes realising I wasn't taking the bait but did reveal that fixing the "problem" would cost no more than £30.
I'm presuming that if these people do con some person to switch their PC on they are directed to an iffy web where a trojan downloads - I wonder how many people actually fall for it and more to the point what is our Government doing to bring these evil gits to justice?
Re: Phone Scam - Windows virus
Drop in that you are using unix. If you say linux they're beginning to catch on...same with mac. They'll soon stop. Not had a call in about 7 months since saying I use Unix.