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Kudos0

Phone Call

Hello. I recently recieved a phone call telling me that my system (Microsoft Windows) was susceptible to being hijacked and my personal information could be stolen if I do not call this number: 1-607-289-3811 located in Orlando, FL. Is this a legitimate call, or should I ignore it? What should I do?

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Kudos1 Stats

Re: Phone Call

TOTAL SCAM!!!!

No one without physical access to your computer can tell what is happening on it. They are just going to tell you that you are infected and you need to give them $$$ to fix it. Then they log into your computer an do nothing, at best, or at worst they steal information from your computer to be used in identity theft. Or they actually install malware.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: Phone Call

Big Time SCAM.   The scammers are from India or Pakistan and NOT from Norton  TOTALLY AVOID THEM AND JUST HANG UP

Kudos0

Re: Phone Call

If you give them remote control of your computer (by following any of their instructions), then you get wise to them during the call they will lock you out of your computer and essentially "ransom" it back to you. Pass the word to 3 or 4 of your friends, don't let anyone you know fall for this.

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If you pretend to follow along with them (and waste their time) they will eventuality fall back to childish obscenities. This does tend to make them call back quite a few times for some bizarre reason.

If you get their call back number (or caller ID if it is not faked) you can report them to the FTC:

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#&panel1-6

I think it falls under phone fraud if they misrepresent their identity in an attempt to collect payment from you.

Kudos0

Re: Phone Call

Hello

It was most likely one of those Spambots on the lose.

Thanks

Success always occurs in private and failure in full view. Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Norton Core Security Plus 22.17.3.50 Core Firmware 282 I E 11 Chrome latest version.
Kudos0

Re: Phone Call

floplot:

Hello

It was most likely one of those Spambots on the lose.

Thanks

spambots? Last 6 calls I've gotten from these crazy scammers was backed by a real human.

I've explained the whole scam front to back to one of these scammers and they continued to insist they were from microsoft. They finally switched from "I'm microsoft, no really" mode to "obscenities" mode (in a later call) when I pretended to follow their instructions (quite effectively, making mistakes and forcing them to explain themselves multiple times), then after about 20 minutes ending with "do I need to be at my computer for any of this?".

Kudos0

Re: Phone Call

I Highly Recommend people not play with them if they got this call. Let the PRO harasser callers who like to call these SCAMMERS and Totally mess with them. I scene the PRO's actually waste their time enough to hack into the Scammers bank account and just click the refund button to send back the Victims money.Then block the Scammers access to the bank account. go to youtube and you will see many videos of these SCAMMER's in action and the    PRO harasser's just waste their time.

Kudos0

Re: Phone Call

blue50moon:

I Highly Recommend people not play with them if they got this call. Let the PRO harasser callers who like to call these SCAMMERS and Totally mess with them. I scene the PRO's actually waste their time enough to hack into the Scammers bank account and just click the refund button to send back the Victims money.Then block the Scammers access to the bank account. go to youtube and you will see many videos of these SCAMMER's in action and the    PRO harasser's just waste their time.

Such action may not be strictly legal.

Kudos0

Re: Phone Call

Well Neither is it LEGAL for SCAMMERS to call people and try to hustle inisant people for money

Kudos0

Re: Phone Call

blue50moon:

Well Neither is it LEGAL for SCAMMERS to call people and try to hustle inisant people for money

I agree, but one shouldn't expect to be free of legal consequences when hacking scammer's computers and making unauthorized financial transactions in their bank account.

Kudos0

Re: Phone Call

yeah well at least the victims got their money back.. I just look at it as what's fair is fair.. Plus they are from India or Pakistan, the USA has no jurisdiction to go over there and arrest them so the victim is screwed. 

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