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Online MrMobodies

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Indian phone scammers
« on: November 06, 2018, 03:57:50 am »
I get these calls sometimes everyday and it is always a different Indian sounding voice claiming to be from my ISP.
They think it is residential but they are business lines.
Typical claims of all sorts that there is something wrong.

When I ask or say like the following:
"Fair enough, if you know everything about me what is my name?"
"Okay, if there is something wrong with my broadband connection what is my IP address?"
"I don't see any problem on the logs, the lines are all up, no disconnections as of late, no delays, the ping is fine."
"Look, what's the problem?"
"Can you please turn that background noise down I can't hear you properly?" Sarcasm

They just hang up.

I had to block withheld numbers for the ones that were hiding behind it but they hide behind many others.
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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2018, 04:09:33 am »
just call them 'kutta'.they'll never call you again
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2018, 05:35:45 am »
Can't do that.

They can have me arrested on some hate crime.
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2018, 09:54:38 am »
I've gotten those calls a couple times.

"Hello, I've with tech support and your computer is having a problem"

"Thats funny, I'm from tech support too and your computer is having a problem"

I went back and forth with one of them from "Microsoft" for a good 10 minutes and had my kids ROFL.
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2018, 09:56:27 am »
Got a call yesterday that made me laugh...

The "number calling" was 00059047790 and my first thought was if I tried calling back, I'd probably get Emergency Services.  (000 is the Australian equivalent of America's 911)

I let it ring out, so I don't know what I missed out on.
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2018, 01:23:18 pm »
I tell them that I am with Pentagon Cyber Security and we already have a SEAL team on their way to them.  The guy snorts. I say, please stay on the line I want to hear you scream.
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2018, 01:38:25 pm »
I tell them that I am with Pentagon Cyber Security and we already have a SEAL team on their way to them.  The guy snorts. I say, please stay on the line I want to hear you scream.
Maybe that story needs a little polish.
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2018, 11:41:45 pm »
The last few I've received have been a synthesized voice claiming to be from my (unspecified) ISP. Presumably, if I let the message actually get to the end, it would ask me to push a button to speak to a scammer.

The call center must be downsizing their scamming staff!  >:D
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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2018, 05:05:26 am »
The last few I've received have been a synthesized voice claiming to be from my (unspecified) ISP. Presumably, if I let the message actually get to the end, it would ask me to push a button to speak to a scammer.

The call center must be downsizing their scamming staff!  >:D

Fewer people falling for it, revenue is down, got to cut staff to maintain profit!
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2018, 05:17:59 am »
just call them 'kutta'.they'll never call you again

You can look up entire lists of Hindi swears to throw at them, some of which are quite creative and dastardly. >:D
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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2018, 05:35:23 am »
Raspberry PI 3 + some programming and then using VIOP, can phone them back (for free I think), at up to twenty calls, at the same time.

See it done here:

 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2018, 05:36:21 am »
Got to give them points for persistence!

Bloody annoying, luckily they phone the house phone which has some shitty answer message and half the time it cuts them off.
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2018, 05:49:05 am »
I'm wonderng if you could patch two together and have them fight it out...
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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2018, 05:53:40 am »
I have once received a call from Federal Bureau of Investigating :horse:.
I then Googled the company and the phone, and it turned out to be a private detective company.
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2018, 06:10:52 am »
You can get "Lenny", software for the Raspberry PI. Which automatically answers the calls, and pretends to be a human (an old man's voice). It can be really funny to listen to.

Example call:

 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2018, 06:45:44 am »
I'm wonderng if you could patch two together and have them fight it out...

Easy, use skype. Loads of people do it, it either results in chatting or Hindi swear wars, especially if you get a whole bunch of them.
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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2018, 10:38:47 pm »
I prefer a handset.
I can get one of those bridges for them.

You can get "Lenny", software for the Raspberry PI. Which automatically answers the calls, and pretends to be a human (an old man's voice). It can be really funny to listen to.

Example call:



I like that video. It sounds to me like John Cleese drunk.

I'll look at getting one and see how I'll set that up.
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2018, 08:29:58 am »
I don't think I've ever received a phone call with an equivalent of an IRS, tech support or a comparable scam. The worst I've ever got were offers for a free dinner (usually for two). And, from what I've heard, it's not exactly a scam either, they sometimes even give you something to eat, but only after they force you to sit through a couple of hours of presentations for ridiculously overpriced silverware, mattresses, makeup,... It's certainly immoral and predatory, but not an outright scam.
And even those calls were not on my home landline, but workplace.
The only person that calls my home landline is my aunt, and not when she wants to talk to me, so I usually don't even bother answering the phone. :-//

Reading about your problems, I get the a feeling of being very lucky, but then again I don't hear other people around me complaining about those types of scams. Maybe it just doesn't happen over here.
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2018, 10:38:34 am »
I had calls last night from a scammer with the same number, spoke on the first call, didn't speak on the next 3.  They said that they were from the "Telstra technical department". They asked to speak to a person that uses the Internet. I said that all members of my family use the internet, who do you want?

That shut him up, he didn't have anything in his script for that question.


 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2018, 11:56:26 am »
Seeing that they "know" that it is *my* computer that is sending out malware, I ask them what is my IP address. They say they can't tell me for privacy and security reasons.  :palm:
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2018, 12:18:21 pm »
I like that video. It sounds to me like John Cleese drunk.

I'll look at getting one and see how I'll set that up.

I don't know how to do it either. But found the "Lenny" thing, some time ago, when I also had a number of "SPAM" phone calls. So I searched the internet for solutions.

These following videos, seems to give clues about how to do it:



 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2018, 01:34:45 pm »
Does this thing have an API? I would want to leave it running but have some interface that could do things during calls like have some LEDs flash or nixies count calls.
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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2018, 01:45:06 pm »
I usually just hang up, but sometimes decide to play with them for a while. 

"Windows?  My computer has windows?  OMG.  Where can I get blinds? I hate Windows without blinds!"

or "My grand-daughter does all the maintenance on my computer, and she is busy having her diaper changed.  Can you call back sometime after her nap time?"

or whatever strikes my fancy at the time.  Many of these guys don't have English as their primary language and something this far off script often throws them for a loop.  But you do occasionally run into one who realizes they are being counter-scammed.  I have been creatively cussed out for wasting their time!
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2018, 02:00:50 pm »
Yes, the last call I got was from a lady Indian this time "my pc".

Hello my name is Ryashc (I can't spell it.)
"We are getting alerts from your PC it has virus."
Me: "What?"
"PC with virus not good for broadband connection"

Me: "Can you turn the background sound down I can't hear you?"

Quickly hangs up.
 

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Re: Indian phone scammers
« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2018, 02:30:47 pm »
I have been creatively cussed out for wasting their time!

A couple of times now I've played along and done the "trap them in a VM" thing. I've managed to stretch it out to nearly an hour once (I had some time to waste).

Easy enough to do if you can spin up a windows VM quickly and it does give a good insight into what these creeps get up to. I can easily see how they trap the vulnerable or gullible into letting them in remotely and then watching while they "demonstrate" how the virus has locked up the machine and encrypted all their files. I even got as far as wanting to pay for the decryption but they kept stumbling at the fact an "old pensioner" doesn't have a credit card and does all banking over the counter at the local branch. They called back 7 times over 3 days trying to get me to pay up even *after* I'd made it clear it was a hoax on my part.

They did teach me some new swear words however when I asked one of them how proud his mother would be to know she'd raised a criminal. I figure the more time I tie them up, the less time they're preying on someone else, although I do realise they are not short of manpower.

In the end the other telemarketer calls were doing my head in, so I unplugged the home phone a couple of months ago and we now rely on our mobiles. Life has been much quieter without charity muggers, telemarketers and Indian scammers (that's probably racist as I don't really know if they are Indian or Pakistani).
 


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