The International Routing System scam
I've just had a call from a charming Indian gentlemen telling me he was from the International Routing System and that my computer was generating a lot of traffic which was disrupting the "International Routing Systems".
Apparently he had my phone number because my IP address was creating all this traffic and so he wanted to show me how to cleanup my machine. I thought it could be fun to find out how he was going to try to scam me, so let him continue...
- Me: "So what's my IP address?"
- IG: "I don't have that in front of me at the moment"
- Me: "riigggt... so what would you like me to do to stop all this traffic blocking up the International Routings Systems?"
- IG: "Please press the flag key and R on your keyboard"
- Me: "OK"
- IG: "type the letters 'i', 'n', 'f' - it stands for 'infection'"
- Me: "OK, I've done that"
- IG: "Now click OK"
- Me: "Uh huh"
- IG: "What do you see?"
- Me: "A list of all the drivers installed on my computer"
- IG: "You're wasting my time and your time, now bugger off"... beeeeeeeeeeeep
Unfortunately caller ID only showed he was calling from an "International" number so I couldn't call him back to find out more about his wonderful International Routing System or what other things he was going to get me to do to my computer.
The International Routing System does not exist, and if you receive a call they will try to convince you to install virus-infected software, and probably to give them your credit card details. Either put the phone down immediately, or else laugh at every statement they make as it is pure fiction.
Anyone worried that they have already let these people do something to your computer should run F-Secure's free online scanner and if you don't already have any antivirus software installed on your machine, you should get something like Microsoft Security Essentials which is a free antivirus package directly from Microsoft.Theo Gray on July 26, 2010 | Permalink | Comment