You think these scammers from Global PC Protection (they often call themselves Global IT) would have me on their do not call list after the fun we had with them in Part 1 and part 2. I figured that would be the last we ever heard of them. Well to my surprise I got another cold call from one of their agents warning me that my computer has once again been sending them errors and warnings.
I just had a bit of fun with them before I again told them who I was. Guess what, they were not very pleased about this and they started to delete a bunch of system files, browsed to a porn site and attempted to format my hard drive. I guess they still didn’t realize that they were just playing around in a VM.
The video is quite long, here are the highlights.
0:00 Initial description of problem.
13:09 Peter Anderson tries to convince me that he is calling from New York.
15:46 Peter Anderson with a new voice answers my call.
17:00 The first Peter Anderson calls back.
35:30 Virtual Machine setup shown.
18:10 They once again try to make up junk about what the Support Connection Code is for.
20:39 VM hard drive issues, for some reason the virtual hard drive isn’t automatically growing as it should.
26:30 Cleaning the old VM was talking a long time, I just made a new copy of the VM image to start with a fresh copy.
This is crazy! I can’t believe they would call again! I still am not sure why they went to the porn site… I wonder if they did that to keep you from posting the video or just to give you the middle finger. If they were not trying to be malicious in that way I guess they might be trying to really get a virus or malware on your computer to say “See, we found one and cleaned it off… so pay us!” Keep up the great work Alan!
I never did contact any law enforcement since all of the contact was done via a remote service I would never have their actual IP. The only time I got their IP was when I gave them the link to a Hacked Gadgets article and I immediately saw them look at the article through my server IP logs. That was only one time though.
I did contact the two remote access software companies since they would have better IP logs and could also see what other areas (based on IP) they are targeting. They responded with the usual “we will look into it”.
In a global scale I think this whole issue is somehow sad.
These guys are actually only doing their job. Probably very badly paid job.
Being said this, I do not think they should go along with it. But I feel sorry for them sometimes.
instead of a web blocker could you not use your host firewall to block port 80 to the VM – that way no websites would work.
I did like their attempt at deleting the windows folder – but blimey dont they type slowly
These guys are just like the shady mechanic who splashes brake fluid under your car so they can warn you about it and tow it to their shop around the corner for service. Even though the guys on the phone are not the mastermind of the end to end scheme they are participating in something that they obviously know is wrong. I think over time they become complacent and might even think they are doing a good honest service for their customer even thought they are still just scammers.
My cheeks: Hurt
My sides: Split
My gut: Busted
My knee: slapped. (NO ARROWS! >:()
I am crying and laughing, and all of my cubemates think I am completely BONKERS for laughing so hard and loud–thank ATHESIMO that it is Friday and nobody is in this early to hear me howling with laughter.
FORMATE!!! I am never calling it ‘fore-mat’ again. It will forever be “For-mate” until I get called out on it.
I am so close to calling these guys up and having the same level of fun with them, but I am afraid that I would give away the whole thing by laughing hard. Oh, I should just let them futz around with my Linux machine to see how badly they would bungle that…
What’s “Bob you are your wife……..” even supposed to mean?
And what’s a for-mate? A friend from a foreign country? I think it has to be some kind of friend…
The part from 57:00 on was very entertaining (Don’t have the time to watch the whole video) and especially their desperate attempts to delete system files really made laugh. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Btw: I wonder what they would do if you put the computer into kiosk mode…
I just emailed them again. This was their response.
Thank you for your message.
Yes, we are aware of the problem. They use our free version of the software and skype to scam unsuspecting people. We block their IDs when we can, but it is difficult as they keep coming back. Please keep in mind that they have no connection to TeamViewer.
Thank you for the link. It was very interesting.
Have a great day and thanks again.
You can make some bogus aliases:
alias formate=’echo For-mateing the hard disk…’
It works even for existing commands. That’s for the text mode.
There’s also: regedit, notepad, and some other Windows tools as part of wine package, so it may even look convincing
Yes, scammers, true.
But living here in Central (Eastern) Europe, I may I understand their cultural situation better than you from the real heart of the western civilization.
You know I actually live few houses away from pockets of gipsies. We live along OK and sharing roads daily. They ARE different. They do think VERY differently about values of civilisations.
Have you seen the BBC program where they organize people from West to go to India and do their jobs? One particular episode came to my mind where an IT security guy (in US) was fired due to outsourcing his job to India. Then BBC (??? not really sure it was BBC) took this guy to the actual Indian company where he actually met the person who got his job. This Indian guy was receiving a fraction of his salary and lived with half dozens of his family members in one room. The US guy was not angry on the situation at the end of the show. He cried instead. Really enlightening program to see.
Scam, still true. I can just sense some deeper relations behind which somehow makes me sad and feel sorry for them.
Scam, still true, but they (India + China) are around 2,5 billions while we (western people) are maybe half of them.
Nothing personal and no offense here. Just letting you my understanding.
That sounds like a great show to watch. Here in Canada the BBC online content us usually blocked.
I guess it all depends on how you look at it. I wouldn’t blame someone who was stealing food to eat is the alternative was starving to death. But in this case they are tricking people out of their hard earned money. There have been news articles where senior citizens on fixed incomes were getting caught up in these sorts of scams. I think if we were able to see the organizer of this scam driving his Mercedes to his big house people would stop feeling sorry for the workers.
Well, I tried to dig down for the show, but no luck. It was a dubbed program on a local tv cahnnel, so no clue on the original title unfurtunately.
Yes, there might be (must be) some mastermind behind the scenes. I wouldn’t be surprised if the “head of scam” was some guy with a big Mercedes simply outsourcing the actual “job” to India as it anyway happens in IT. After all, this scam needs some firm knowledge on trading and commercial stuff to work.
True, I never thought about that. If someone from the USA or Canada wanted to operate this scam with local people it would be shut down in no time but if all the calls were originating from a hard to prosecute country, law enforcement would lean towards educating the public instead of prosecution. You might be on to something there…
I love the real hustle, some of the lengths they go to are fantastic.
When you talked about their other names in Part 2, you forgot Online PC Doctors. In another video, the man that cold-calls people is the same person who called you. The registration number page hasn’t changed since the scam started.
Also, after a bit of investigation, I found out where their website is hosted from. The Global PC Protection site’s server is located somewhere in Scottsdale, Arizona. They didn’t tell anyone where their “offices” are located but you can easily find it. Just ping the site and look up the IP on whatismyipaddress.com or just go here: http://whatismyipaddress.com/ip/220.127.116.11
Well i got to say you really entertained me today with these vids, sat here all day and watched all 3 of them. I linked your site to my fb to spread the word….Many would find this boring me never it made my day….Think im an offical geek lol
Thankyou for the entertainment and the heads up…
Guys, its practically easy to turn the tables here. Their using cheap tricks to remote our computer, but the thing is, it all relies on us being not techie to understand what is going on. A good pay back would be actually hack them for a change. There is no reason for us not to know their IP once they got logged in via Team Viewer or logmein.com we can get their IP. I bet their using a basic network topology in their “office” like router/switch then to computers. I know its kinda is a low blow but these people have to be taught a lesson. It fine for us who will not get fooled by these cheap tricks, but I heard in Australia, old people got robbed big time man.
Plus the fact that in your Part 2 Video they mentioned that they are in the Philippines? Thank you by the way for posting their IP that is totally India. Point is, come on…. they’re gonna point on Filipinos now? That is just way to low.
Just wanted to give you my cudos for these vids! They were hillarious (yet a bit long, so I used to times you set )
It’s been a long time (a VERY long time to be more precise) that I had fun with cracking into other peoples computers. Just for fun btw, and no damage or anything else. It was easier before I think, more exploits to use (especially win 98, and even for winXP)
Since I’ve probably forgotten “everything”, and you’re probably “pr0″, how come you don’t try to get into their computers..?
Set up an interresting page on the side with… I don’t know.. BO2K (old school and almost like plug and play)? Have some fun on their expense instead?
Use your page, and at the same time make it download and install a trojan?
THAT would be fun