Why do these people still call and say : I'm from Windows Tech support and you have virus? Don't they know that 99.9% of people know it's a scam?

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PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

Because they make a lot of money off that 0.1%, which is actually probably closer to 5%.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

“There’s a sucker born every minute”

This phrase is associated with PT Barnum (the circus guy) but there is some dispute about who actually said it.

Google the quote if you are interested in etiology.

Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

I have a relative that is highly educated, has a great supervisory position at a large firm and makes a ton of money. She was scammed via a Paypal scam and had her checking account cleaned out. This same woman always leaves her purse, cell phone and laptop on the front seat of her car when parked at home. TWICE, she's had it all stolen. Super smart but still dumb as a stump.

Cookie Roma Profile
Cookie Roma answered

There was a period of time where I didn't have a computer (before I got my Mac a few years ago) that I'd get these calls saying my computer has a virus. YOU CAN IMAGINE MY SURPRISE!!!

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SuperFly Original
Yeah those are bs. And they also have those "your computer has some sort of issues, dont click off call this number immediately and pay us this $___" that is when I hit the X. Adblock plus blocks most +antivirus
Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

I had a call from an elderly friend who had been approached by a scammer. She wanted to know what to do. I explained the situation and she was reassured.

BUT the next time I spoke to her she admitted that she had sent them the money they asked for, "just to be safe".

They find plenty of gullible people and computers are still a mystery to many, especially when they seem to malfunction.

SuperFly Original Profile

How did they get your numbers? Ive been getting 973 and 800 number calls, but I have not been answering. I just might out of curiosity! Maybe its them. Im still thinking of a revenge tactic...

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Ancient One
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Getting your number, even if it unlisted and the do not call registry isn't too difficult. They sell software on line that will automatically call random numbers ion a particular area code till they get an answer or some verification it is an actual number. Sometimes lists are sold. Revenge: I read about a man in GA who set up a number as his home number that would cost the caller $5 per minute. So when they called him their phone service e would collect from them $5 per minute and pay him.
SuperFly Original
Haha good one
Phineous J. Whoopee Profile

They get really upset when you start asking them about the dots on their forehead, then keep them on the phone before telling them you have an apple computer.

Ray Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

I think they're great fun. For years I never had a Windoh$ machine in the house (mainly Linux machines and a Macbook. I still used to let them womble on and on, until they finally realized that I did not have a Win-doze machine.

Then they got wise to that, and started asking first up if I had a Windows computer. I usually replied in the affirmative and still strung them along for as long as possible.

Then there was the "I'm really old and don't understand these things" where I would deliberately mis-hear rhe instructions and ask them to repeat things. "I haven't got a patrol key next to the fingers key". "What do you mean by the West Ham side of the screen?" etc.

Then finally, I became the main designer for the windeaus fault reporting system (a complete lie, of course) and half way through a discussion I would explain how it worked at great (and completely nonsensical) depth.

I rather miss those calls.

Of course, I could have taken my son's approach, which was always to respond with "**** off, you """"ing cheating """"hole, and stop wasting my time!". It worked for him, but was much less fun.

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