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UK Scammers Used New Microsoft Trick

UK Scammers Used New Microsoft Trick

Added: Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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An interesting development in the area of scam was noticed by security experts a while ago. It seems that people in Leicestershire are employing a localized version of the well-known Microsoft scam. The latter involves a person from a call center somewhere in India ringing you up and pretending to be from Microsoft security branch. The callers trick their victims into “fixing” their computers by installing various malware before demanding cash from the user to free it.

That’s what is called “Microsoft scam”. But now it looks like someone in Leicestershire County knew about that scheme and decided to copy it and set up a local operation. The modified scheme is more interesting, because instead of claiming to work for the software giant, the intruders pretend to be working for Leicestershire County Council. In the area, it is a common thing that people from the council come around to fix the computers, so the scheme must work. And it does: for instance, one of the callers told a resident that the County Council had passed on his details and that they were cooperating with the police.

In response, David Bull, Leicestershire County Council’s head of trading standards, has published an official statement claiming that there was no way the Council could pass on someone’s details to businesses. Both the security experts and entities like Microsoft and County Council remind Internet users that they shouldn’t respond to such calls and of course never to give their sensitive details to an unknown person. Although many people understand that it is scam and hang up, there are still victims that fall for the story and agree to pay cash to get rid of the malware.

July 18th,2012

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Date:  Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Comments (20) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-07-18 21:05:03)
No avatarvirginmedia call centers are doing the same thing if you let them in your pc to fix a fault it seems someonn wiil ring you and say your pc has a virus and will ask for 80 quid to fix it ripoff britain as usuall

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-07-18 21:25:10)
Embolism avatarNothing unusual there as a lot of anti-virus scans online give false flags to sell the product that supposedly cures all but in reality does nothing or in fact causes issues to start with,there are even some sites that put trojan patches on PC`s and send ^K signal if you refuse payment or packet flood you,etc. (:^D)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-07-18 21:30:17)
Embolism avatarMicrosoft does it with its own malware when it finds a bent copy on one of its operating systems using windows defender or with WGA and then your PC will have a notice on boot that you have an illegal copy and ask for registration and payment to fix it,hence Microsoft scam.

posted by ET junkiemen (2012-07-18 22:40:25)
4GET avatarlol the local council cant fix pot holes in the road for most of us pay tax on never mind to fix a computer now that is funny ..as for the phone calls they tried it twice on me i told them where to go ..i think they pick people random from the phone book ! thank for article.

posted by (2012-07-19 01:03:45)
hrg avatarGet ubuntu problem solved...

posted by (2012-07-19 02:06:53)
No avatarUse common sense, problem solved.

I got a call from one of these Indian scam call centres the other day and I toyed around with him for close to 40 minutes. They asked me to type in eventvwr and I went through 2 different agents trying to sound out how to spell it out for me. Ewvtwer? No? Bvbmgvwr? No? Echo, tango, echo, mike, romeo, delta, victor, xray, kilo? No?

I eventually did enter it and when they tried to show me the errors I just kept saying that there were none and then I just started laughing at the guy and hung up. He called again and I explained to him I was no fool and eventually I got him so angry he was swearing at me. Who knew they only knew the "foxtrot" word

posted by Blocked (2012-07-19 04:24:46)
williebk avatarWow! This is one of the oldest computer scam and I can't believe that millions of people still fall for it. I've been in the computer scene since the late 70's Commodore 64, 8Bits days with Quantum Computer Online Services (aka American Online) and I've seen just about all types malware. Same old tricks, just more sophisticated.

posted by men (2012-07-19 08:48:32)
Slickinator avatari know we were getting lots of them around here and they even tryed calling back 4 times till i threatened them for harrasment ... one friend did what they sayed and i asked if he does online banking on this comp and he does and i told him to undo everything they said and run malwarebytes and combofix to help get rid of rootkits and set him up with mse and full malwarebytes

posted by men (2012-07-19 08:49:28)
Slickinator avatarlike i told people also that no company would ever know u have a virus on your computer cause first off that would be a invasion of privacy and u could sue them lol

posted by (2012-07-20 13:33:09)
andtastic avatar"it is a common thing that people from the council come around to fix the computers"

i don't know where you get this information from but i doubt any council goes round people's houses fixing pc's.

posted by (2012-07-20 21:48:48)
floorfiller avatari agree with hrg ubuntu

posted by Blocked (2012-07-21 00:55:10)
skreamer avatarAgain people overlooking the fact that some people don't know much at all about computers and may fall for this even if they usually do have common sense.

I have tried ubuntu in the past (really just to format/access an ext HDD) but could I run 64 bit Adobe soft without a hiccup? My Epson soft without a hiccup? My various video and photo editing softs without a hiccup? I remember someone having to create their own kernel (?) to run some Adobe stuff in the past on Linux. That's not for me.

posted by (2012-07-21 05:32:28)
cggc avatarif u hear murmurs.... socially 4 any reason ur no ok and your pc it target. remember not murmurs in ur mind smart people.
if microsoft have sound alarms everyday for security in USA WA state according public tv in different microsoft buildings for steal trying what you think scammers people doing online around world.
bud,if microsoft it the best how we can see torrents during the future if microsoft donate money to stop online pirates if torrents it like pirate bay....etc look for every hackers prestige people videos and not all agree with drivers companies.

posted by (2012-07-21 17:52:11)
No avatar@Slickinator: malwarebytes is not free and I would never pay for a mall-ware remover. combofix has a really odd installation so no thanks. and MSE? your joking right? LoL.

ya all want a good mallware and antivirus? tip #1 STOP going to porn sites!, tip #2 stop going to crack and keygen sites!, tip #3 STOP paying for software! tip #4 use 100% FREE software. tip #5 STOP using norton, panda, kaparsky, bitdefender, Trend Micro, AVG, Avira, McAfee, as all this crap SUCKS! tip #6 STOP listing to Microsoft!
tip #7 read, tip #8 don't let your isp tell you how to operate your computer or the internet as there tech support is usually stupid. tip #9 learn to use a computer correctly. and finally tip #10 don't use a computer if you don't understand them!

and LINUX operating systems are for users that know how to correctly operate a computer.

posted by (2012-07-22 11:54:44)
ic3m4l3 avatarlol council fixinf computers roflmao never heard of such a thing and if u fall four your local housing office coming to fix yer sh1t then you deserver to get bummed

posted by (2012-07-22 14:47:42)
OpenMinder avatar@clamo: In fact, MalwareBytes IS free, and the paid version really is not much different in terms of functionality or features, just mostly for the support from the company. We have used MalwareBytes (non-paid version) for years at the computer store I worked at until last year, with great success.

Your derision and negativity do nothing for anyone, and you present inaccurate (read: wrong) information. This kind of misinformation spreading is what creates confused computer users in the first place.

Most people who own computers are not overly computer-savvy and just want to turn it on, use it to browse or do their work (or play), and that's it. This is why malware proliferates so well, and why people "in-the-know" always seem to be arrogant and critical in their comments towards these types of folks.

We are in the minority here, so help out the majority instead of standing on a soapbox watching the so-called "ants" of society scurrying about.

Anti-virus software is NOT stupid or whatever else you think in your little box of a world; there are many effective programs, especially when combined with other securing-types of software so grow up a little and live in the real world where most are not overly knowledgeable about computers but are working on learning (some can't as some can't do math, etc).

ESET NOD32 is prime example, and one of the best available IMHO.

Intelligence is no good without awareness of practical application to elevate society, so why not do some good instead of being so negative (and wrong)?

posted by Blocked (2012-07-22 20:18:58)
skreamer avatarBig Up for OpenMinder. I may as well say to Clamo don't drive a car if you can't interpret witness marks on shells, adjust your bucket shims etc.

I do see lots of put downs from the 'tech savvy' people. IMO it just reflects they have a very limited knowledge of the world in general. Image their central heating boiler breaks down, and when they ask for help they are labelled a "'tard" because they don't know how to fix it themselves. And recently on a 'deals' site someone said there were lots of 'technophobes out there' and that they themselves could make a HD Sattelite reciever/recorder for 20% of the retail price.

'We don't all know everything about everything' seems such an obvious statement but boy some people don't seem to understand it.

posted by (2012-07-23 04:01:31)
No avatar@OpenMinder and skreamer: LoL....I am glad neither of you are running this country as if you were GoD please help US.
"btw I test how well a scanner works with computes set aside that are heavenly infected, that's how I know if a software sucks or not"

knowledge is power and all you to are doing is bashing and criticizing me, so how is this helping others? LOl, and folks that are not informed of the do's and dont's is exactly y this crap happens. my friends computer is always infected with mall ware...and ya want to know y? cause he goes to porn sites. his wife and daughter click on adverts that infect there computers. none of them read info's or manuals. and Ive tried a lot of scanners and most are JUNK! and btw MalwareBytes is NOT free as I checked it and the free version is a trial that must be activated with perches after the trial ends. btw most savy tec folk are "stuck up" and stupid.

"central heating boilers" who uses them now a-days? I have central heating and cooling and know exactly how it works, and I also know that you must be certified to work on them, as with any refrigerant system now. "to put this so any one can understand this....you must have a "special" licenses to work on refrigeration systems"

posted by Blocked (2012-07-24 21:32:50)
skreamer avatarClamo I see you are again condescending and putting your self worth above others and you wonder why we criticize you? Go figure. You claim you are even smarter than norton, panda, kaparsky, bitdefender, Trend Micro, AVG, Avira, McAfee. Wonder why you waste your time on here when you should be multimillionaire implementing your malware knowledge to those guys as a consultant or author of your own soft. As for your advice FYI I go to porn sites regularly and get zero infections. You ask me who uses central heating boliers thesedays??? Well anyone one with gas and uses central heating mate. Thesedays??? From wiki

QUOTE for example, since 2005 all new gas central-heating boilers fitted in England and Wales must be high-efficiency condensing boilers unless there are exceptional circumstances, and the same applies to oil-fired boilers from 1 April 2007 (warm air central heating systems are exempt from these regulations). In the United States, there is a Federal tax credit for the installation of condensing boilers and additional rebates from power companies in some states. In Western Canada, energy suppliers now offer energy rebates when these systems are installed in multi-unit dwellings. The decrease in natural gas prices in North America has not hindered the retrofit of existing boiler installations with condensing equipment. UNQUOTE

Yeah who uses them! Outmoded 100 year old junk. So I find it hard to believe you when you say you know about this (ditto your superior malware knowledge over all major malware authors) So you pay for some certified Joe to work on your 'system' when you bleed a radiator? Your world Clamo QUOTE you must be certified to work on them UNQUOTE

Unlike yourself I shall not believe I am smart enough to garner sufficient info about someone from a forum post on ET about people's knowledge of their effects to say Mr /Ms X could not run a country but I will say I'm glad you aren't servicing my central heating boiler - even if you were certified.

Oh one more FYI I've just installed Malwarebites free version.

posted by Blocked (2012-07-24 21:35:14)
skreamer avatarAnd all without a "LOL".

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