Anyone know how to stop these scammers?
It was Thursday night, and the kids were in bed. My wife was away working at the Encores Consignment Sale, so I was spending a quiet evening working on my computer.
My home phone rang, and when I answered I was greeted by an Indian voice. The gentleman on the phone wanted to inform me that my computer was in serious trouble. Apparently, his organization had been receiving messages from my Windows computer, and the news wasn't good: my computer was infected!!
At first I was confused. And then I realized I was on the phone with a scammer... and I just started laughing. I really wish I had recorded the entire conversation, because I started laughing uproariously, and then he started to laugh along with me. When he didn't hang up the phone, I decided to play along... and record the call. Here's what happened next:
Man, was that funny. My only wish is that I could have kept him on the phone longer to find out what commands he was going to have me run. I looked up the number on the caller ID, and apparently people get scam calls from it all the time from many different sources.
Does anyone know if there is anything useful that can be done with the information in this phone call? I know that I can report stuff to the FTC, but I'm not sure if I'd really have anything to report.