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Weirdo person keeps texting my business phone.

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  1. Seth Anthony

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    As most of you know, I'm in Canada and own a computer repair shop. For the last three days, I've been getting odd texts from an area code in North Carolina. This is it verbatim:

    2 day's ago:

    Them: hello this jones i heard you do computer repair

    Me: Uh duh, that's probably why "computer repair" is part of my business name lol. Ok, I didn't say that, but wanted to. Anyway, I texted back with, "Yes. How can I help you"?

    Them: i would need your help i have 18 used laptops running windows 7 pro i want them wiped and load to windows 10canand i also have 4gb ram on the computers and i want them removed and i want you to install 8gb ram to each of them cus the 4gb is performing slowly can you handle that

    Me: Yes. Please call for further information.

    They didn't call, but sent this yesterday:

    Them: good morning

    Me: Good morning.

    Them: and how are you today.

    Me: Fine thank you. Please call me so we can talk about the laptops.

    They didn't call, but sent this today:

    Them: hey how are you doing today.

    (I didn't reply, and 2 hours later:

    Them: and how is business

    I didn't reply to that either.

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    What the hell is going on here?
     
  2. Tony D

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    I've received similar calls. Don't know how but I'm sure it's a scam/phishing ploy.
     
  3. Seth Anthony

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    I just don't get the point of it. What does this person think they're going to accomplish? I mean do they actually think they're somehow going to scam a computer tech?
     
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    Well it got weirder.

    He called me, but he was very difficult to understand due to his broken English and a very heavy accent. I did manage to figure out that he does indeed have 18 identical HP desktops, and wants a clean install of W10 along with a ram upgrade to each. I told him to email me with the model numbers so I could find out the type of ram. He emailed me with:


    I will like to tell you that I won't be able to show up at you ur address because right now I'm hospitalized I'm undergoing a surgery soon. I already have a driver whos gonna bring them to you, can you get back to me with your name, address. I want you to send me the quotes so we can proceed. when should i be expecting the estimate so we can proceed with the upfront payment cuz i want you to start my job as soon as possible.
     
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    And he will send you a check for an amount exceeding the quote.
    Of course, we all know how this one goes......:D
     
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    Yes indeed Cindy. I'm well aware of all the scams, and that did cross my mind. Again however, if this is actually a scam attempt, then it's hard to imagine how he could think a computer tech would fall for it. Then again, it could be all legit...albeit extraordinarily weird.

    Also, I plan on telling him this morning that I'll pick them up. I get the feeling I won't hear back from him after that :)
     
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    That's the problem with these scammers.
    They think everyone is so stupid.
    The worst person to try and scam is a computer tech.
    We've pretty much heard and seen it all and are automatically and naturally suspicious, just by nature. :bnghd:
     
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    I read about this scam a while ago on another forum I was on.It really is a scam don't fall for it you will get ripped off.The forum I used to be on was just for computer repair people and one of them did fall for it and got ripped off.Cindy is correct in her assessment about the check so buyer beware as they say (whoever they are).
     
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    I'm not the type to fall for scams IJAC. The main reason I wrote the post, was because I was wondering what type of scam it could be in which the scammer thought he could fool a computer tech.

    I'll let you all know what happens when I tell him that I'll have to pick up the computers.
     
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    I just emailed him with the following:

    I looked at the specifications for that model, and it has 2 ram slots. I need to know if the computers have one 4GB ram sticks, or two 2GB ram sticks.

    In regards to your upfront payment, that would have to be in cash or an E-Transfer.

    I don't suspect I'll hear back from him now. Perhaps I should have told him that he must also agree to take that kitten :)
     
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    Would not do E-Transfer then they will have access to you money posing as a business for automatic payments.

    Then you would have to deal with that.
     
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    I've heard of possible scams with e-transfers, but haven't checked out how that could work. Please elaborate.
     
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    I found out that the two ways they scam people via e-transfer are:

    1) The e transfer is sent from a hacked bank account. They send you the e-transfer, you send them the expensive item you had for sale, then when the bank finds out, the e-transfer is reversed.

    2) The e-transfer opens to a bank phishing site. You put in your bank info, then they've got it.
     
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    The other red flag is his email address. He's obviously East Indian, but his email is kelly34jones.

    I gave him the price for the 18 computers, and asked him how much he wants to pay upfront. I suspect he'll say the full amount.

    I'm just playing with him at this point.

    EDIT: He emailed me while I was writing this post with:

    i will be paying the sum of $1,000 for my upfront payment and i will be paying you with my card ok and i can also make a bank transfer if you also accept that

    That's not the full amount, so possibly there's a $1000 limit on the card or etransfer.
     
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    You could always trace the email header and see where that leads you.
     
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    Great idea Rusty!
     
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    I traced his I.P. to Kansas or the Netherlands.
     
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    Sorry Seth I wasn't implying you would fall for it just letting you know I've seen this scam before.I would think most likely his credit card is either bad or a stolen one.If he does a bank transfer then he has your account number possibly, I am not sure how that works never done it.Keep messing with him though waste his time so he isn't trying to scam someone else.
     
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    No offence taken IJAC.

    I also suspect the credit card is "bad" or stolen. The last email I sent to him was late last night, and it stated that I would only accept an etransfer. I want to see what the site looks like when I click on the bank link in the etransfer.
     
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    After telling him I would only accept an etransfer, he sent me this:

    okay and i want to tell you that i cannot make the payment through Etransfer for now cus i dont have the facility to do that but i can only make the payment through via credit card and can you send me your cell phone number so we can communicate better

    I'm just not sure what to make of this, especially when he first said he could do an e-transfer, and we've already talked by phone.
     

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