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Old 04. Oct 2012, 06:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hello, I'm definitely not calling from India. Can I take control of your PC?

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2...ol-of-your-pc/


Nothing new...but India is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons....


Once they start putting fines and jail sentences, like what they did for this scareware trickster (link below), they will stop doing this.


'Scareware' trickster fined $163m by US authorities



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19816710

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The Government of Canada has just issued a multi-million dollar fine to a call centre in India for participating in this kind of scam. Interestingly they were charged for violating the terms of the 'do not call list'. Seems that the Government was unable to get them on fraud so they took this route.
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I read another one of these a while back and darn it I should learn to save these links in case I need them later. In this one, the guy kept the call centre scammers on the phone for ages, even setting up their remote access software and then announced that his wife couldn't find her bag with the credit card in. He then asked the scam "technician" if he activated his webcam and took the laptop round his house, would they help him look for the bag?
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Old 27. Jun 2016, 09:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hello, a friend of mine fell for the SCAM "Windows Technician from India" your computeer has a problem.....let me fix it for you! (For $380.00.....yikes). My friend PAID the scammers and they did take over his computer and installed some sort of Anti-Virus and Guard programs on it. Does anyone know if they typically install some sort of "back door" program to cheat you out of more money somewhere down the line?
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Old 28. Jun 2016, 01:50 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hello oldtymer, and welcome to the forum.

Sorry to hear your friend fell for the scam. In no particular order, here's what he should do...
  1. Assuming he paid the scammer with a credit card or similar means, call the credit card company and ask them to revoke the payment, if possible.
  2. Change all passwords that are stored on the computer, i.e. those for his credit card, bank account, email, etc.
  3. If he is in the habit of making regular backups, restore a recent one. (Once again, I cannot stress how important it is to have a backup plan in place. Having a recent backup is a blessing when you need it.)
  4. If he remembers, he might want to copy any important documents that were changed since the last backup to different location and copy them back after restoring the backup.
  5. If he doesn't have a backup, he can ask for help to remove any crap the scammer installed, at an a tech support site. Bleeping Computer is one of the best to get help at.
Hopefully, if I missed anything someone else will pick it up.

Good luck to your friend.
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