Cold Calling IT Scammers

this is not a go at you john, my limited understanding of auto diallers is that they will generate a number, call it, and if answered transfer to a person at their end, or note the live number for callback
to take that to individual investigations to get names would be assuming a bit much - the scam would have to be extremely lucrative to warrant it and would involve a lot more outgoing 'share' on their end - not something their known for - fast buck in and out

geek_skin1235, Jun 18, 4:05 pm

Maybe they are but its not one group everyone different type of scammer works differently. Disgusting filth, the ones i have had are a dialer. Has you get the hello then goodbye. Of them testing the line, when it does that there is no operators avaliable. Then if there is you will find there is a five sec lag ish before they say hello.

So yeah automatic dialers do exist, some nay even buy the infornation in the form of market research companys.

geek_johnf_456, Jun 18, 4:08 pm

That is how some of them work but your one is not. Also for future reference my name here is johnf_456 not john. Thanks, the three scamers i have had have all been dialers.

geek_johnf_456, Jun 18, 4:11 pm

There's more than one group. Some will be dialling numbers in sequence with no information about the people they call, but many have obviously obtained lists of names and numbers from various sources and will already know your name when you answer. Most of them will be using autodiallers though; even the ones with a list of names will call all those numbers automatically and only transfer the call to a 'technician' after a real person answers the phone.

geek_little_egypt, Jun 18, 4:12 pm

As above

geek_johnf_456, Jun 18, 4:19 pm

Up you go

geek_johnf_456, Jun 19, 9:38 am

goodness gracious me...

geek_galex, Jun 19, 3:44 pm

I think they're working off phone directories rather than autodialling, I am unlisted and have never had one of these calls. Also, bump.

geek_drsr, Jun 19, 4:52 pm

You love your crusades, aye John.

geek_rod525, Jun 20, 7:55 am

Not true some do and some dont, you will get one in time

geek_johnf_456, Jun 20, 8:56 am

Vindows Varning, i am to be telling you...

geek_galex, Jun 20, 7:33 pm

Thanks for that, that is utter sick!

geek_johnf_456, Jun 21, 8:45 pm

they run my parents while i was there, apparently the guy got midway thru his opening speil, pissed himself laughing and hung up before mum could get a word in.

geek_pcmaster, Jun 22, 10:06 am

Had the call today, Indian Lady... she advised I had a virus on my Windows operating system. I kept her talking for a bit while I finished an email, then told her I had an Apple and didn't use Microsoft.. she hung up

geek_r-mvz, Jun 22, 11:00 pm

I must be their favourite phone number. Got two calls yesterday within 5 minutes of each other; one male one female, both Asian. Took out my hearing aid for the female and kept on telling her I had trouble hearing her, went on for a fair while, in the end she was screaming - no sense of humour, she hung up. The guy I asked where he was ringing from and the phone went silent, then he said 'Washington', I burst out laughing and he hung up as well. Funny people these consultants!

geek_sapper1, Jun 22, 11:03 pm

Lol funny how some people gets amusement from little things..

Is it so hard to just hang up the phone? Or just leave it on hold than abusing them back? So hard to be the better person?

I wonder one day someone is going to get a call from asian dude who actually might be working for govt etc and will be mistaken for scam and will be sorry for abusing them..

geek_73040, Jun 24, 10:09 am

The government does not make unprofessional calls like this.

geek_johnf_456, Jun 24, 9:25 pm

Thank You, Goodbye.

geek_tool_shop173, Jun 24, 9:38 pm

An elderly neighbour who doesn't have a computer got called twice by these scammers a couple of months ago and she told them she didn't have a computer, but in the last couple of days she has had 3 calls and when she picks up the phone there is a long silence and then she hears an automated woman's voice with an American accent saying "goodbye" and then it clicks off.Would this be the scammers as well?

geek_gdnshack, Jun 24, 11:41 pm

If You got 5 or 6 calls a week from these scum like I do I bet you would very quickly loose your place on the higher moral ground.Being told to F*** off by an Indian *criminal* after I dispute their authenticity is also a very good way to prompt me to seek revenge in whatever creative way I can think of next time they call.

geek_galex, Jun 25, 10:39 am

Yes it is them, it is there automatic dialer.

geek_johnf_456, Jun 25, 12:19 pm

For the past few months, I have told everyone I know about this scam.My boss rang me earlier, says they rang him.
They told him their story, viruses etc. Asked him to press the windows button + R.He told them when he did that a window came up on his screen telling him "this is a scam" They were not very polite. lol.

geek_chuckie30, Jun 25, 6:49 pm

Good on ya, spread the word.

geek_johnf_456, Jun 27, 11:40 am

I have a friend who seems to have fallen for this, fortunately she doesnt use internet banking.
Even after i told her it was a scam she claimed it was legit and told me of the website 'greybytes.com' which presents as a legit computer tech company.

They claim to have an NZ phone number to call. Iwonder if they can be traced by that.

geek_budgel, Jun 29, 8:20 pm

Not only computers -- now, they are targetting cellphones.

I got the " YOU HAVE WON 1.2 MILLION EUROS FROM THE NOKIA PROMO" scam.

A (female) friend got one similar---BUT, she sent them her email addy.

When I informed her of the realities of the scam, she then sent them about twenty abusive emails -- thereby confirming her addy!!

There are people out there who shouldn't be allowed in front of a keyboard/steering wheel/tuner...........

geek_pge, Jun 30, 10:21 am

Oh dear

geek_johnf_456, Jun 30, 11:49 am

Bump....

2nd phone call ,1st we were eating tea about a month ago & i went along for a while yes the PC is in front of me go here here here etc which i did off by heart then she passed me on to their supervisor.
Had a stand up augment with their Leader with a few more chosen choice words added & then he hung up ,
This time i wasn'tfast enough another member of the family answered Just as i picked up & heardthe M$ bit & i Just said FeeK Off .
The rude person on the other end hung up on us PMSL....

geek_icioufa, Jun 30, 8:42 pm

Good work

geek_johnf_456, Jul 1, 10:29 am

IRD Scam is raging now.... Hmmmm

Please return for tax refund,,, LO loudly, never asked for a credit details - but neverless be watchful.

geek_valentino, Jul 1, 2:32 pm

Wow 3rd call this time they told me i was using a M$ O/S ...
I said how can that be we all areusing Linux .
Another Hangup geez give a man a break ....lol

geek_icioufa, Jul 1, 5:55 pm

Bee Hump

geek_galex, Jul 4, 9:09 pm

geek_little_egypt, Jul 5, 8:45 pm

What's even more interesting though, is that apparently victims of the scam are paying an average of well over a thousand dollars a time to have their machines cleared of potential trojans afterwards. It seems the Indians aren't the only ones making a bit of profit from this scam..

geek_little_egypt, Jul 5, 8:57 pm

Indian guy called second day in a row saying he was from Computer Soultions IT department asking if I had a computer and was it switched on!Grrr, just hung up.Scammers!!!!

geek_smileyface2, Jul 6, 4:02 pm


Good on ya

geek_johnf_456, Jul 7, 10:10 pm


Works now.
This thread has been linked to a "sticky" thread ^ ^UP ^ ^ there at the top

geek_mrfxit, Jul 8, 10:53 pm

Scams have been around for years and the scammers know who to target and they buy and sell info such as email addresses and phone numbers. There is an IRS email scam going around at present it has an infected attachment they want you to open so that they can then track where you go online and then hack your accounts. The best place to let people know is facebook most people are on it and it's the fastest way to get the message out there. As soon as I get wind of a scam I tell people. Some foolish nigerian emailed me asking for my help to invest 24 million dollars told him to f off and haven't heard from him since. Scammers will use gods name in vane, have poor grammar and spelling and tell you to keep it a secret. They must think people are idiots. A good place to learn about scams is 419eater.com

geek_angeldust33, Jul 9, 12:56 am

just had caller saying microsoft servicecentre,,,he didnt get a chance to say anythingtold him he was a scam and hung upbeen getting these on and off for a couple weeks,,,,nowgetting a bit pissed off

geek_muzzaandmich, Jul 9, 8:40 pm

Caller display shows 91676 when they phone. They are out in force tonight as have had two calls from the scammers. Surely telecom could block this number, as it is all over google that it is a scammers number.

geek_mattnzw, Jul 9, 9:03 pm


It sure is very common unfortunately the scammers fake their number by what is called voip, which makes it hard for them to close in on them. They target the whole word, most english speaking countrys.

geek_johnf_456, Jul 9, 9:42 pm

Yes I also suspect it will only get worse, as voip is free, so it doesn't cost them anything, and they will eventually be automated..It is basically the next form of spam.

geek_mattnzw, Jul 9, 9:56 pm

Sadly yes it is getting worse and they have been doing it for a few years now and only targeting NZ in recent times. I believe the fair go website has a good low down on them. The key is if it sounds too good to be true or if it doesn't sound right then it is most likely not real. They are very pushy and I have had about 3 of them myself.

geek_johnf_456, Jul 9, 9:58 pm

Record times dates of these calls and if you have 3 seperate times contact telecom they can then investigate and take appropriate action as what they are doing is a breech of the telecommunications act

geek_angeldust33, Jul 10, 10:20 am

what about silent calls, is anyone getting those. I had 5 yesterday. someone else had that happen to them. they stayed on the phone and after 20 seconds the computer voice said 'goodbye'then ended the call.

geek_chooken1, Jul 10, 12:54 pm

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geek_galex, Jul 11, 6:36 pm

I had about 5 of these calls in about 3 weeks.The first four times I was very rude and basically told the caller to get f****d and that I was calling the police, but they kept calling back.... ***sigh***The last time one called I asked him how he got the name "Richard" with an accent like that... He hung up straight away and I havn't had a call from them in over a month.The next time they called, I was gonna ask if his parents were proud of him for stealing from innocent people, and then the next time, time allowing, I was just going to pretend to play along for a 1/2 hour or so, and waste THEIR time.See how long it took for them to get mad and hang up.

geek_bswit, Jul 11, 11:15 pm

Good on ya

geek_johnf_456, Jul 12, 11:24 pm

got another one tonight...this time they were on about my internet connection...I let them do their spiel...and just sald that I did not have a computer..they soon hung up.

geek_flashpak, Jul 12, 11:54 pm

There's an insidious Lotto scam now too.A rotorua family got told they'd won
$10 million last week at countdown.Yeah right! My advice would be to rip up
the ticket &scatter it to the winds.

geek_deodar1, Jul 13, 12:38 am

Whatever don't fill in a claim form& provide your bank a/c #

geek_deodar1, Jul 13, 12:44 am