Over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten a few calls from a notorious scammer from 800.843.0000. (DO NOT CALL THIS NUMBER IT IS A SCAM)
Now this scammer thinks I’m going to go over to my computer and give him access so he can steal my financial information. I don’t think so!
When I ask him for more information, he just repeats the same thing over and over again (as do I!)
“Sir, please go to your computer, so I can help you remove the virus from your computer“.
So I ask him: “Which computer?”, to which he replies.. “Your personal computer“..
So I tell him “I have multiple computers, which one?”..
he replies “the one you are in front of”
I say: “But I’m on my phone and not in front of my computer”
He says: “Sir this is deep support (no relation to deep throat I assume), and we have noticed that your computer has a virus and we would like to help you”.
I say: “which computer???”
We volley back and forth for a few minutes and finally I just hang up on the creep!
I’ve hung up on this guy a few times already.. but he just seems to love to call Dad’s Taxi and waste my time when I’m busy..
So next time, I’m going to have some fun and ask him to let me log into his computer so I can help him remove the virus on his machine? What do you think of that plan?
Since I have an evil streak: Next time they call me, I’ll tell the scammer that I”ve been testing some nasty viruses on my machine and them calling me might have infected their computer via the SIP protocol (thank to my friend Mark W. for this one). Continue and harass them and reverse the call on them to ask if their computer has slowed down and they need to remove these nasty viruses simultaneously. otherwise their disk will crash!.. Won’t that be fun!
Ok.. so how do you defend yourself from these scammer’s and spammers?
- Be alert.. No “Geek team” or “high tier support” will call you without proper knowledge.
- Do not cooperate even if you think you do have malware or a virus on any of your computers.. If you have a Mac you are inherently protected.
- Hang up.
- List all your phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry (Register All your numbers: Mobile/VOIP, etc..). You will have to provide an email address for verification purposes.
- Follow the directions (You will have to certify your numbers with a valid email)
Just for jollies see how many others have been calling with the same numbers with the various variations on the scam by calling who is calling me via the directory of unlisted callers (NO this will not give you a virus or malware.. it’s a legitimate site!)
You will see that there are various spins on these scam calls. I particularly love the “IRS” one.. that is bound to work on the elderly.. or the ones that are gullible.
Now excuse me as I just got a call I need to get back to that guy who has issued a warrant for my arrest and is from the IRS. Because I really don’t want to get arrested by the Sheriff for being stupid and being scammed.. right?
Don’t get scammed! always be alert!