Your computer is not working properly …

June 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm (computers) (, )

I heard of this scam and we experienced it first hand today.  Someone gets your name and phone number and rings you up to tell you that your computer isn’t working properly, and you have to do something about it.  And the thing you have to do is connect to a certain website and get someone to ‘help you clean it up’.

The scam of course is that they talk you into going to a website that actually contains malware, a virus or some other kind of dodgy stuff.  If you do that, and ‘ok’ the right messages after going to the website, your PC will soon really get infected with all sorts of nasties and then you really will have problems!

One of the ways the scam works though is to be really agresive and pushy on the phone, and then people naturally tend to want to avoid the vocal confrontation and so follow the instructions to get rid of the person on the phone.

Thankfully for us, my wife just told them to stop pestering and hung up.  Also, she wouldn’t have been able to have anything installed on the PC without the administrators password anyway, so they picked the wrong person for that one.

However, how many people do you know who have a computer with no checks for administrative operations, won’t realise that people don’t tend to ring you up, and don’t understand that connecting to a website that your given and then running arbitrary commands on their PC is a Bad Thing. I can imagine this scam working very well for a lot of the time.  You have been warned …


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Have you been caught on speed camera?

March 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm (internet, odds) (, , )

aka – can I get someone to type their car registration details into an unknown website … answer … yes! This website has been doing the rounds (again) as a hoax/joke site – Its quite funny, but the ‘Internet cynic’ in my wonders – what do they do with all the car registration details that get filled in?

I also wondered, if it asked you for your VIN number too, how many people would type it in? Isn’t the VIN all you need to check the MOT status on a car? Would be an interesting experiment I think.

By the way, if you want to try the website to see what it does, just use anything that fits the basic number plate pattern.


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