Phone scammer calls the ultimate wrong number

When phone scammers called a number trying to gain access to a computer to steal information, they couldn’t have known

When phone scammers called a number trying to gain access to a computer to steal information, they couldn’t have known that they called probably the last person on the planet that they should have.

Matt Horan is one of the UK’s top cyber security experts and works for one of the top firms C3AI Solutions.  When he realised what the scammer was trying to do he put the call on speaker and recorded the whole thing.

Mr Horan played with the scammer stringing the caller along for 35 minutes and pretended to be an inexperience computer user passing the phone around to his “helpers” to stretch the call along.  Finally, he told the scammer that he didn’t actually have an internet connection which caused the caller to swear and hang up.

In this instance, the scammer claimed to be from computer software giant Microsoft and wants to help with a “problem with their computer.”  Mr Horan told The Deep South Media, “They then instruct that person to look at the computer’s ‘systems and events logs’, which is simply a log of every action taken. They tell them that this is evidence of on-going malicious attacks.

“After that, they try and get them to log into TeamViewer or something similar which means they then can gain remote access and control of the target computer.

“They then have all the information on a computer or network and can infect the system, read emails, steal passwords, or encrypt the stored data – basically do anything they want.”

Always ignore calls like these as Microsoft and companies like them will not make unsolicited calls.  All calls should be forwarded to the Government’s ScamWatch website.

Have you had these calls?  Did you try to string them along like Matt Horan?  Is it about time that someone does something about these calls?

  1. Greenwood4727  

    I and quite a few others scambait these people, while it is fun, there is a serious side, If they are on with us then they arent scamming my aunt or other vulnerable and elderly people, SInce these call centres are usually in india but there are a few in other places, international law cant do anything, or its very hard especially in those areas corruption is a real thing, SO we make these videos, some swear some are nice and everything in between. My own personal record is 92 minutes, i never forget i do this for people who could have been scammed by this person in that 90 minutes, if i could have stopped just one person from handing over hundreds if not thousands of pounds and their personal details (identity theft) then its worth it

  2. Ann Day  

    I was blessed with a very deep voice when I was born and I love it when they ask for Mrs Day, I say I will just go get her and then periodically yell out from another room that I am coming and don’t hang up. I had 1 bloke on hold for 30 minutes before he gave up.

  3. K. Gardner  

    I have a whistle by my phone and I give them a good strong blast …. after I’ve led them on for a while.

  4. Marion  

    My partner asks them if their mother still loves ’em after they’ve ripped off unsuspecting, vulnerable people.
    I’ve started using a new spiel when they come on the line: “the number you’ve called is not connected. Please check the number and don’t call again.” But they’ve usually hung up before I get to the end!

  5. Joan Marshall  

    Some of these answers to scammers make me laugh but it is no laugh if they get your details. I must watch out when I am travelling for people walking away with other peoples belongings from the airport.

  6. Ravindra  

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  7. Ezra  

    How does one forward a call to the Government ScamWatch website?

    • Kevin  

      You can report the episode, especially if you have their number. A friend called the Police and got considerable attention and assistance, probably from a special department.

  8. Kevin  

    I once asked for a missing feature in Adobe Photoshop and the Indian answered my simple enquiry by insisting on getting access to my computer and screen. He had not completely set that up when I said no, this query does not need access to my computer, stopped him dead and complained to Adobe.
    Turned out Adobe had dropped this highly needed feature and in response to many enquiries, they had an add-on to download,which worked perfectly. I don’t agree with any company gaining access to my screen, regardless of the reason.

    A legitimate company did download an add-on to see my screen to analyse my problem. Afterwards I still was not convinced it was necessary, so it will never happen again. I still get glitches on my screen that most likely came from their screen-peek add-on. Must spend an hour or so one day getting rid of that.

    I once had a drunken youth call after 10pm and his outburst was full of swear words. I recorded a few moments of his conversation, played it back and told him the call was being traced. He said “what the fxxx” and hung up.

  9. Mary Heffernan  

    I have an answer machine connected to my phone, and can hear who is making the call. If it is a friend and they start to leave a message, as friends mostly do, I can pick up the phone and talk, but often I wait and just hear the “engaged” beeps, so then I know it’s another of those annoying calls. When home, I can get up to five of those calls a day, often around lunch and tea times, even though I am on the “do not call” register. If I am out, which I often am,, I’ll call the person back when I get home.

  10. annie wright  

    these scammers are the pits. I’ve never been sucked in, but my friend was, she was a new computer user and thought the call was genuine. She learnt to her sorrow when their computer was out of action for two weeks, waiting for the repairman to get the problems under control.
    I personally tell them I have an apple computer, end of conversation

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