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Old 11-30-2018, 02:52 PM
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You know those phone calls claiming to be from Microsoft and they want to "fix" your service? Today the recorded message informed me that my MS service had expired and that everything on my computer was disabled. Then they gave me a phone number to call.

I checked my computer and it's working fine. Do people really call that number without checking first?


[aside] why isn't Microsoft (the real one) doing more to shut down these lying scammers?[/aside]
So it turns out that Microsoft (the real one) is actually doing something to try to shut these places down.

https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-...ters-in-india/

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In India, a hub for tech support centers, a rise in scams forced Microsoft and the police to take action.

Scammers based in the suburbs of New Delhi set up fake centers, from which they sent out alerts and called people to say their computers had been infected with a nonexistent virus, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Most people ignored the efforts to contact them, but the few who didn't were offered services costing between $100 and $1,000 to fix the problem. Most of the victims were American, Canadian and Australian, Microsoft noted, but the scams impacted people in at least 15 countries.

Microsoft and cops in the city traced the fake support centers' locations, resulting in 16 raids and around 36 arrests on Tuesday and Wednesday. In October, 10 similar raids brought about 24 arrests.

"The growth of unregulated call centers in India involved in such scams and frauds is indicative of the scale of the issue," said Courtney Gregoire, assistant general counsel of Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, in an emailed statement. "Victim reports indicate that this is a global problem, targeting victims from most English speaking developed countries."

The company earlier this year acknowledged that such scams are a growing problem, saying its customer support services received 153,000 scam reports from customers around the world in 2017.

The scams are helped in part by India's vibrant outsourcing industry, which has brought in call centers from countries around the world. The legit side rakes in about $28 billion in annual revenue and employs about 1.2 million people, the Times noted, but equips some with the experience needed to set up fake centers.

Those centers don't all focus on tech support. In October, 28 people were arrested for posing as Canadian Revenue Agency officials, according to CBC News.
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I'm getting scammed too. Jewellery shops are telling me that nothing can beat a real diamond but chemically and structurally they're no different from a man-made diamond.
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So it turns out that Microsoft (the real one) is actually doing something to try to shut these places down.

https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-...ters-in-india/
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I'm getting scammed too. Jewellery shops are telling me that nothing can beat a real diamond but chemically and structurally they're no different from a man-made diamond.
DeBeers campaigned to prohibit producers of synthetic diamonds from calling them diamonds. Then they controlled commercials to convince the world that the ones dug out of the earth are better. Only a microscopic examination can detect the differences, and the differences all amount to dug-up diamonds being dirty.
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The CRA scams have been a huge problem that have sucked a lot of old people in in Canada
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DeBeers campaigned to prohibit producers or cubic zirconia (aka pure diamond) from calling them diamonds. Then they controlled commercials to convince the world that the ones dug out of the earth are better. Only a microscopic examination can detect the differences, and the differences all amount to dug-up diamonds being dirty.
Cubic zirconia isn't carbon.
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Cubic zirconia isn't carbon.
True.
I think he was a bit confused.
Everything he said is true about "synthetic diamonds"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_diamond
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The CRA scams have been a huge problem that have sucked a lot of old people in in Canada
The local Canadian Tire has signs up saying the CRA doesn't demand gift cards.
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True.
I think he was a bit confused.
Everything he said is true about "synthetic diamonds"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_diamond
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I got one of those calls a few months ago, from a live person (not a recording). I decided to give him a morality lesson, making clear that I thought he was a thief. Strangely, that offended him.
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