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    One of the Microsoft Support scammers called me, once.

    Sadly, I was in a hurry and didn't have time to mess with him. It suspect it might have been fun to feign stupidity, especially in Linux.

    He said his little introduction: "I'm Suresh Patel from Microsoft Technical Support"

    I snickered condescendingly and replied "No."

    He hung up.



    Haven't had one since. I feel a bit left out. They sound like fun to play with.

    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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    Ah - right.
    We are all but temporary files on the great HDD of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    Ah - right.
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_24 View Post
    I feel a bit left out. They sound like fun to play with.

    Sadly no. They're not fun, they're either onto your plot quickly and hang up or it's so boring cause they're so thick.
    I had one a long time ago, and had just finished a fresh install, so when asked to go and look at all my event viewer errors I had none.

    LOL.

    But it wasn't that great, I was transferred to "senior techs" as they tried to comprehend such a thing and number 3 just abandoned the effort.
    Ex-pctek

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    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Sadly no. They're not fun, they're either onto your plot quickly and hang up or it's so boring cause they're so thick.
    I had one a long time ago, and had just finished a fresh install, so when asked to go and look at all my event viewer errors I had none.

    LOL.

    But it wasn't that great, I was transferred to "senior techs" as they tried to comprehend such a thing and number 3 just abandoned the effort.
    That's a shame. Oh well.

    Now I'm imagining a scenario where people start calling them all day, saying that a fault has been detected in their moral compass.
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    I'm planning a trip to Mumbai. I will wear my witch doctor's hat and I'll hunt them down. I will, I will! And I'll take my big talking stick to insert... [insert word appropriately]

    Then none of us will be troubled ever again! um, well, I'm a pensioner and can't afford to leave the forest so don't hold your breath.

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    They've started giving themselves Kiwi sounding names now. Their reaction is hilarious if you say there's 30,000 warnings in Event Viewer, oh my GOD, oh my GOD. They are usually pretty thick and don't twig until after an hour or so, worth messing with if you have patience and an hour to kill. A form of paypack for all the ones they conned.

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    Default Re: Phone calls from "Spark Networks"

    Back in my day, if a call came into the Spark network, the originating network had to pay a "call termination fee".

    Maybe Spark and all the other local PSTN networks are making some money out of these scams and are not fussed about stopping them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decibel View Post
    and are not fussed about stopping them.
    yep, stopping them : easy

    First block ALL phone calls from India , Pakistan, Russia etc .
    Then block all calls from within NZ, as there have been NZ based scammers
    Better block US, Aus, UK as well, just in case .

    Next , to get prosecutions in these overseas backwaters, you'll need to offer bigger bribes to all those overseas local authorities , bribes bigger than than the money the scammers are making.
    Next, just get rid of all organised crime networks worldwide .

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    Some do offer a semi legit service
    They sign you up for a PC maintenance contract , load remote access software , and every x months go in & do some ~maintenance~
    and kiwi's do sign up for this ~service~ .
    Its shocking how many fall for these scams , not just the ederly .

    Stringing them along , the only time you're wasting is your own . They'll just go onto the next call , you wont have had any affect on them .

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