This post is also available in: SlovenianInternet scams cunningly exploited by phone. One of the most globally widespread frauds is certainly an Ammyy scam and now is started to spread in Slovenia too. Follow advice on how not to get fraud.
My acquaintance recently told me an interesting personal story. He got mobile phone call from abroad in his absence. Who and why would someone need him from abroad, he wondered. Good Google quickly found the answer and he was very glad that the he missed this call.
Telephone number +442030513739 come from UK, but using VoIP telephony as for example Skype, is not traceable call, and certainly ends in one of the many Indian call centres. I’m not saying that all Indian call centres are bad, but a few among them use illegally obtained personal information database for scams – deception in order to elicit as much money as can get from the victims.
How the scams start?
The website NumberCop got report that a person dials from this particular number spoke in broken English with a strong Indian accent and is presented as a Microsoft Windows support. They call because of increase alerts coming from called a person’s (the victim) computer, that there are suspicions files with malicious code.
As evidence they lead victim to run the Event Viewer, which of course sees quite many red alerts, which are actually not uncommon for a Windows environment. The computer really run well with these Red Alert, working like it should and in most cases is clean and safe computer, if you provided the general recommendations for this; a regular upgrade of Windows, firewall on and antivirus / antispyware program.
In order to “solve” the problem, they say to the victim, to install a program from the website ammyy.com, after which they can then remotely access the victim’s computer. When you allow them to gain access, it pastes traditional firewalls and begin to force the various offers – from 10 -, 5 -, 3 – , 1-year warranty support, up to one-off cleaning of your computer.
If the victim does not agree to pay, they started with the threats. Because they own computer they can delete programs, documents, and access to other data such as certificates until the victim does not consent to pay. The amounts are from $ 35 to $ 300 or more per victim.
There are several variations of this scam, but all have in common they pose as Windows support and, above all, force victims to use the remote admin tool ammyy to remote access the computer and of course they want money.
How to avoid telephone fraud in connection with your computer?
- Microsoft itself does not ever call
- Do not allow remote access to PC to stranger
- Check unknown phone numbers on the Internet
Do not let take advantage from yours poor computer skills! By following these 3 points, you will surely be more secure against fraud.
Ammyy remote control
Ammyy Admin is a tool for remote access and peer to peer file sharing. Exe program is small, just over 600 kb and does not require administrator rights, since there is no installation required.
Basically, is not a bad tool, but company do not do anything to prevent scammers to use their tools. Only a few days ago they have posted on the website about potential frauds by the use of their tools, by being scammers big exploit of this tool mass for more than a year. Truly unworthy to be trusted company.
There for I do not recommend using this tool for any purposes, I recommend other, more trustworthy companies that offer such tools from Team Viewer, Radmin to Slovenian’s ISL Light.
Many dialled users immediately recognize the scam and they’re for entertainment make fun of the scammers and keep them on the phone us much longer us they could, pretending that they have a lack of computer knowledge, so in the end scammers lost their temper, cursing and finally disconnect.
On youtube.com you can found many video about revenging scammers, just enter ammyy scam in search. One that you will surely laugh also this:
Ammyy.com scammers owned
Remember the word ammyy and next time someone mentions it, run away as far and as quick you can get and disconnect the phone connection.
- Remote Access Scam – Beware (stepforth.com)
- Online Bank Fraud (ggl): Online Banking Fraud Losses Decline in the UK – PCWorld (news.google.com)
- Phone-scam alert: West Seattleite gets the ‘Windows’ call (westseattleblog.com)
- Telephone scam (charioteers.org)
- Hello world! (shamethescammers.wordpress.com)
- The ammyy scam: the worst social engineering I’ve ever heard (cubicgarden.com)
- Ammyy scams (sisq.info)
- Phone Scam Warning (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
- Beware tech-support scammers asking to remotely fix your PC (betanews.com)