Turning the Heat on the Cold Callers
Got another phone call yesterday from a lady in India, number withheld, asking if I had a Windows PC. None of your business, I informed her. It may be none of my business, but we are having a lot of trouble with the infections on your computer! she offered.
I thought about stringing her along, as I usually do; but I was busy. I had work to do. And I'm getting a bit tired of these organised criminal gangs of cold calling bastards, ripping off innocent and vulnerable users for hundreds of pounds with their fake antivirus scams. So on something of an impulse, I suggested: Fuck off and die in a car fire with leather seats!
Her immediate response was: You fuck off, you son of a bitch. [click] [bzzz]
Now I'm going to take a wild guess, that a genuine technical support organisation would have had a much higher level of professionalism than that. Maybe next time I'll go with I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills...
Oh! and also, wouldn't it be great, using a combo of tech, psych, and you know, Jeff Goldblum, to be able to upload a virus to them?