A reposting from my Facebook feed, I should have posted here first…
There are times when I wish I had my digital phone recording equipment still set up. You see I had jut received a call from a pleasant but urgent sounding gentleman from India.
RING RING: RING RING:
(Me answering phone): Hello? pause Hello?
Gentleman: Hi I am calling from windows technical support to let you know that we have been getting notifications that your computer is being attacked by hackers and viruses. Every time you boot your computer and go to facebook or any other web site your computer is reporting to our Servers that it is slow and is under attack.
GENTLEMAN: Are you the primary user of your computer?
GENTLEMAN: Well it is very urgent that we look at your computer because hackers are doing illegal things on it.
ME: (Vaugely interested in seeing where this goes) Oh no! I can’t have someone on my computer doing illegal things, can you help me?
GENTLEMAN: Yes, are you in front of your computer now? Can you see the screen?
ME: (staring at my Linux based Raspberry Pi computer) I can see it.
GENTELMAN: Look on the keboard on the bottom left side next to the CTRL Key do you see a 4 flat windows key?
ME: Yes I do.
GENTLEMAN: Press the key and while you are pressing it down press the R key as well.
ME: (not doing anything) It’s not doing anything.
GENTLEMAN: Press the window key and R.
ME: It’s not doing anything.
GENLTEMAN: (frustration in the voice) Do you know how to open the Run Box?
ME: The run box?
GENTLEMAN: Yes where you tell the computer to run a program?
ME: (very pregnant pause) Oh, you mean like running a command?
GENTLMEAN: Yes exactly like that.
ME: I have the run box open.
GENTLEMAN: What does it say in the box, is it blank?
ME: Hmmmm… why yes, it is blank.
GENTLEMAN: Ok, now I want you to type this into the run box: www.windowscareful.in (name changed to protect someone from trying this at home)
ME: I type WWW.WINDOWSCAREFUL.IN?
GENTLEMAN: Yes and click run.
ME: Nothing is happening, oh wait it said File not found.
GENTLEMAN: (irked, because I did that like 5 times) READ BACK TO ME LETTER BY LETTER what you have typed in.
ME: Ok, WWW.WINDOWSCAREFUL.IN
GENTLEMAN: Ok, open a browser, do you have a browser?
ME: Yes, IceWeasel (true, it’s the browser I have on the Raspberry Pi)
GENTLEMAN: Run Mozilla browser.
GENTLEMAN: put the www.windowscareful.in in the URL bar.
GENTLEMAN: What do you see? is there a red box that says GET IT NOW?
ME: Yes, I see it.
GENTLEMAN: Click on it and download the software.
***At this point I had to let him in on my con.
ME: No way, are you kidding me? You want me to install some random software from a person who called me out of the blue? Oh wait, another screen has popped up on my Raspberry Pi Linux Computer it is (letter by letter I said) WWW.SU*%MYD!@*.JERK.
GENTLEMAN: Dial tone.
Be careful out there, some people are always trying to social engineer their way into your stuff. Be smart… otherwise they can hold your computer hostage…. UGH. And this is the second time I’ve had someone try to pull that on me.