What I learned playing prey to Windows scammers

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    What I learned playing prey to Windows scammers


    Three months of phone calls prove Windows scammers are more skilled at social engineering than you think.

    “I am calling you from Windows.”

    So goes the opening line of the well-known phone scam, where a person calls purporting to be a help desk technician reaching out to resolve your computer problems. These Windows scammers feed off people’s concerns about data breaches and identity theft to trick them into installing malware onto their machines. The scam has been netting victims for years, despite the fact that none of what the callers say makes sense.

    I recently received such a call and decided to play along, to see how the scam evolves and who the players might be.

    Over a period of three months, I received calls on average of four times a week, from various people, all intent on proving that my computer had been hacked and that they were calling to save the day. I had multiple opportunities to try a variety of conversational gambits and to ask questions of my own. Here is what I found out about the Windows scammer underworld via conversations with “Jake,” “Mary,” “Nancy,” “Greg,” “William,” and others.
    What I learned playing prey to Windows scammers | PCWorld
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    Thanks for sharing.
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    That woman must have a lot of free time if she can afford to waste it dealing with those f......
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