Here's a neat quiz to give a location by words you use.
Only good in the US though. I bet the government is developing such a
program for homeland security.
I took it and it said I was probably from Grand Rapids, Detroit or
Toledo. Darn close to Kalamazoo Mi., where I was born and lived for
about 40 years. Apparently I didn't loose my native speech even though I
have lived in Florida for 20 years.
This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active.
I play that game a lot and I'm dealing with legitimate support people at
some large software companies. Sometimes I cop out, tell them I'm hard of
hearing, and can we please move the conversation to email.
On Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:26:23 -0600, Tony Hwang wrote:
Yesterday, I had called the High Technology Crimes Unit for
Santa Clara county, at (408) 792-2804 and I had emailed
the unedited phone recording to them at email@example.com
They called back this morning from a San Jose task force called REACT, at
408-282-2425, who took down all my information, and who applauded
me for reporting it as thoroughly as I could.
Unfortunately, they said that most people don't report it, so,
they have nothing to go on, but, they did ask me to try to get
the callers name and phone number next time, because they said
that I'd be surprised how many people actually send them money, a
and, they said they almost never get the money back unless
it's a reverse on the credit card.
Actually, the Feds did sting this very same scam, and are prosecuting
the Indians as we speak, at least according to this article:
From a cultural standpoint, what's odd is that the Indian callers don't
just hang up when they've been p0wned; they get malicious.
For example, in this case, they purposefully deleted files on the computer
of a security researcher from malwarebytes and called him a childish
derogatory term having to do with the anatomy:
Seems to me an American would simply cut his losses and hang up.
Why did they bother to call the malwarebytes researcher names, and, in my case,
they said they did and would have sex with every female member of my family.
Is such childishness a cultural thing with Indians?
We can safely assume they were after money, which, if they didn't get in
both these documented cases, they began to call us (the consumer) names.
Would that happen in the US?
Culturally, I don't think so (although anything is possible).
I wonder, culturally, if Indians are backward compared to us, in that these
are 4th-grade antics of a spoiled brat who doesn't get his way.
In my case, you can literally hear the caller groan in high-pitched frustration
because he couldn't rile me with his description of f*cking my mother, sisters,
and wife (both past, present, and future).
You can tell me what you think, culturally, about the conversation. It seemed to
me that these Indians are culturally regressed to a childish level. I can't think
of a single time, in 40 years of working, anyone has ever acted so childishly in
the USA with me on the phone as that Indian did to me (and to the security
Are Indians, culturally, really so childish as to think it would actually,
somehow, "hurt" us to "say" they f*d our women?
On Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:41:04 -0400, FromTheRafters wrote:
That's a good way of expressing it.
The "nice fella" was there in the beginning, all helpful and supportive,
and then he went away for two and a half minutes, replaced by his evil
(childish) twin, but then the nice fella came back on for almost ten
minutes, before regressing back to his fourth-grade childhood name calling.
I spoke with the police department, who pretty much has confirmed that
the files they wanted me to download are not the payload. Those files
are merely legitimate remote access programs.
The illegitimacy comes later, with what they do with the remote access
they have gleaned.
However, back to the cultural divide, you can hear in the recording that
I asked him what caste he was from (he ignored the question).
But, what I don't understand, is why he wasted his time stating that he
f'd all the female members of my family.
Is that something that would rile up an Indian?
Here, in the USA, it's sophomoric to the point of being meaningless.
I do realize profanity was invented by humans to indicate a conflict
emotional escalation prior to the physical escalation ...
But, what I don't get is, if he was really after money, what is it about his
culture that made him even bother to threaten all the females in my family
with his sexual attention?
On Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:41:07 +0100, Adrian Tuddenham wrote:
Hey, they found the same "problem" with your computer as with mine!
Then they had you go to wwww (dot) oooooo (dot) us
but I wasn't sure *what* they were expecting at the Start->Run command
(maybe that part was cropped out?).
The last line is hilarious ... "What do you think I am a fool?", and "I'm as big
a liar as you are"; but, I wasn't sure what their payload was supposed to be.
They attempt to extort money and if you don't comply they have been
known to call you an asshole and delete your files.
I asked one where he was located, and he said New Jersey and gave me a
(I figured bogus) street address. He said error messages were being
sent to the main server - so I asked him if he was in NJ why was it a
Maine server. I only wasted about 15 minutes of his time but I did it
without a computer. Next time, I may let him have his way with my WinXP
Home - but not my mother and sister.
It's probably part of the textual Tourettes script he follows.
I am not to be knowing this.
Agreed, almost as old as 'your mother wears combat boots'.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.