Earlier today I had the misfortune of dealing with the another infected/error computer scam call from an Indian call centre. They’ve started picking up again since that first scam call in January. I’ve had two in the last month.
I’m getting fed up with it. What’s annoying is that the reason they’re doing it is because obviously some people they call up do fall for it and end up installing software from these prats, which does absolutely nothing other than cost a bomb – or they end up being convinced to install malware that does some very bad things plus cost them as well.
Personally, I think companies such as Microsoft should run information campaigns explaining that they won’t call you up and ask you do stuff, etc, when you haven’t asked for technical support. The campaigns should be targeted at people who tend to fall for scams: the elderly and (in this case) the less technically savvy.
As to what I’m going to do? Well, this time round I swore down the phone at the man who was on the other end of the line, telling him that I knew this was a scam phone call. So, I’ll stick with that and writing the odd blog blog post about this annoying BS.
Alright, how did I know this time round? Well, this prat who supposedly knew I was having problems with my PC (which I knew that I wasn’t) who tried to sound all knowing – didn’t know that I had my PC on when he asked me to turn it on. Grrrrrr… (P.S. Joe is not that prat, he’s a lovely guy.)