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Comment: Re:These guys call me every few months... (Score 1) 229

by H0p313ss (#49219023) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened

Recently discussing this with friends we came to the conclusion that the best approach would be:
State that your girlfriend/wife is the main user of that computer.
Get increasingly angry that "she" has broken it
Say she's just come home and you'll be back in 2 minutes - you need to talk to her
Go into another room, shout, make some loud banging noises then go silent.
On the phone say "oh god what have I done" repeatedly. Maybe cry.

Once they hang up, carry on as normal.

But they're in India... so yeah...

Comment: These guys call me every few months... (Score 5, Interesting) 229

by H0p313ss (#49216333) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened

... and depending on my mood I have several strategies;

1. Just tell them you only have Linux, they'll hang up immediately.
2. Musical hold, put the phone next to a speaker and go on with your life.
3. Tell them you have several computers running various Windows versions, which one did you mean... do you have a hostname or IP address so I can narrow it down? You don't? So how do you know it was my machine again? Really? ... So can I speak to your manager. (So far I've never got a manager.)
4. Pretend to follow along with their instructions, honestly the most time consuming and least satisfying.

But the problem is not with us, it's with Joe User who for some reason is unaware that Microsoft isn't phoning everybody. Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.