AMMYY phone call - scam??

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  1. Sulley75

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    Help!

    A guy just rang our phone and asked my wife to turn on our PC. She hung up. It rang again and a guy said he was calling as some error messages that are on our machine are affecting his business!! He asked me to type in AMMYY into google and click "run this software". I told him i wasnt comfortable with that and i ended the call.

    ***?? I have never had that before, he claimed he worked for Microsoft.

    Has anyone had this before? I dont see how our PC would affect any businesses!!
     
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    sounds like a hacker would of made a software and then keylog everything or maybe get in your system

    Free remote desktop sharing and file tranfer system

    its a software for people to get access to pc
     
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    ammyy is a remote access "tool" - no idea if its legit or not but that bloke was definently on a scam - how would he possible know it was you PC affecting anything, not that is would be doing anyything in the first place.


    check this out - sound familar
    http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews247659.html
     
  4. Sulley75

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    Cheers guys. After a bit of googleisation this is a known scam and pretty recent. They get on your PC via this ammyy, then say your errors can be fixed ....for a fee!!

    So heads up for you all. Glad i ended the call.
     
  5. Sulley75

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    How do they get your phone number (ex Directory)and other details?like what isp etc
     
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    Is there any way to opt in? Sounds like you could have some fun with these losers if you go about it the right way...
     
  8. Sulley75

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    They didnt state ISP mate. I guess they got phone number and name just the same way as other folk do.
     
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    Hi guys,

    I've been working in IT for many years now.
    I had the same call this weekend from this mob.
    I usually hang up on telemarketers however i thought i could have some fun with this 'IT' call.
    I followed the callers steps to see what he wanted me to do.
    He even transferred me on to his supervisor!!
    During the call i could hear lots of Indians speaking the same lines in the background.
    They got me to managed my pc and tried to tell me that generic errors and warnings from the security log was infact a virus or trojan horse. and that all 8 of my pcs were infected.
    He then got me to go on the internet and tried to get me to click the main button that runs a exe on their homepage (Ammyy Admin - Free remote desktop sharing and file tranfer system).
    I then told him that i've worked in IT for many years and was just playing along with his call too waste his time and work out what he wanted me to do so i could warn other people not to follow their steps. He then quickly hung up on me :smashin:. (first time a telemarketer has hung up on me!).

    I then warned my family and everyone else i know that it was a scam.

    Please don't do a thing for these idiots!

    Regards,

    Aaron.
     
  10. Chris Muriel

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    I had a call like that this afternoon; the Indian gent claimed to be from Microsoft and wanted me to execute Start->Run->TeamViewer - Free Remote Access and Remote Desktop Sharing over the Internet.
    After that he would have assumed control and no doubt tried to bamboozle me with errors in the Windoze Event log (trying to tell me that they were caused by some virus or malware).
    Teamviewer themselves are, of course, perfectly genuine and legitimate.
    I told him at that point (without going as far as teamviewer) that I am an electronics engineer who spends a lot of time these days doing IT (this happens to be true) and suggested that he takes his scam elsewhere.
    The sad thing about this is that the technically naive and the gullible will be scammed successfully by these low life.:mad:
     
  11. potterton

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    I fell victim to these people i let them into my computer When they wanted money clean out viruses irefused should i be worried about my e?mail account.
     
  12. Deadringers

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    best thing you can do is wipe your hdd and do a clean install.

    hope you dont keep any bank details on your PC!
     
  13. potterton

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    Thanks guys.
     
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    Last edited: Sep 20, 2010
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    this has happened to my family a few times now, and on one occasion I had a bit of fun, but soon got hungup on when I started talking really techie back .....
    BUT with one of my family they also wanted to send an engineer around to sort out the issues !!!!! - so beaware...
     
  16. potterton

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    Hi DC8900 How sad are you if this is how you get your chuckles. Senior Member!!!
     
  17. Iccz

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    I don't think he meant any harm by his comments - he was certainly not mocking you or any others, he was just pointing out the thread where someone who works with computers took these scammers along for a ride.
     
  18. Deadringers

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    yes pointless post there...but thanks for your input all the same!
     
  19. potterton

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    Sorry maybe i missed something in his comments that was helpfull !!! apart from stating the obvious enlighten me Please
     
  20. potterton

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    IF YOU SAY SO !!!! but i must have made a point, a sore one maybe, or you would have not reacted.
     
  21. dc8900

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    woah woah woah, I believe you mis-understood me mate! I was referring to the thread in which as Iccz states another member took one of these scammers for a ride; I was not making a dig at you or anyone who may have nearly fell for this scam, I'm not questioning anyone's intelligence (but my point stands, is that they prey on people not being up on computing terms or tech). I apologise if you may have been inadvertently offended! after mis-understanding my post

    Aside from that, I was just providing that thread as an example, and also in post #2 in that thread, I linked a Guardian article about these scammers, so I'd imagine that would be helpful :thumbsup: unless you really don't like the Guardian ;)

    p.s. Thanks to Iccz and deadringers for making a defence before I had a chance to reply :smashin:
     
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    I wonder how long your going to last here :)
     
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    please keep this discussion civil. I dont want to dig my pruning sheers out:lease:
     
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    you do really dont lie :)
     
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    Hello im not sure yet how this works, but I had a phone call today from aammy saying i had probs with my pc, they did run some tests, i did accept the links they gave me, how do i sort my hard drive, and is my bank accounts safe? Please help me thank you.

     
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    phone your bank and talk to them , would be the best option, tell them exactly what you downloaded and let them advise - after all they will be able to monitor and unusual activity , and if warned now, they should take appropriate action to safeguard your money
     
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    I stupidly let them onto my pc too :( How do I get rid of any software they have left, is my pc safe, what info can they access??
     
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    To be completely sure I would do as deadringers suggested and wipe your HDD and re-install your OS (make sure you back up all your data first!)

    Like I said, wipe and re-install, it's drastic but it's the only way you can be sure. From what I've seen of these scam outfits, they simply pretend to do some work and charge you for the privilege; of course because you granted them remote access we have no idea what other software was downloaded or what else they have done.
     
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    I had a friend txt me telling me they had a call form Microsoft who asked them to install some software on thier machine to fix a "Virus"

    He actually went along with it at first but stopped when they tried to connected to his PC.

    He wanted to know how to fix this problem, remove the software and prevent them connecting ever again.

    I gave him the advice I give to anyone who fall for this trick.

    Step 1) Unplug your modem to stop them connecting
    Step 2) Unplug your PC and Monitor
    Step 3) Unplug and disconnect all your attached peripherals , Mouse, Keyboad, webcam and printers etc...
    Step 4) Now place your PC and all your Peripherals into a wheelie bin to ensure it never happens again.

    Problem Solved!

    Seriously, how is that people fall for this con? Its about as sophisticated as a complete stranger asking to see you wallet because they are the wallet inspecter!

    :rolleyes:
     
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    and I thought suggesting a re-install was drastic! ;)

    in fairness to those who fall for this scam is that a lot of people are not tech savvy or simply unaware that Microsoft would never make any such cold calls. So when someone rings up saying that they are Microsoft or a gold partner etc, people are willing to believe it as they fear the worst especially if you drop the V word. For most people, as long as you keep your OS fully patched, have a decent internet security programme (or AV plus firewall) and use common sense; you will be perfectly safe

    But in case any people who come across this thread via a google search and have had a similar situation, remember Microsoft, Norton, etc will NOT cold call. If someone calls and claims to be from such a tech company, simply hang up! If you are wondering how they got your contact details in the first place, remember whenever you hand over your details to a company (be it for a utility etc or a website) unless you tick that box that prevents them to pass on your details; your details will be sold on or in the case of such scams, contact details are leaked/stolen from call centres
     

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