Stealing payment account from Microsoft scammer.
I love reading the stories on this web page, make me smile every time! :) Now its time for a story of mine. Since a couple months i have been busy wasting and trolling scammers time so they get to steal less money from people. These people cold-call everyone claiming to be Microsoft, the IRS, that you won a free cruise, or that you won a free gift card. They also use fake pop-ups in web browsers that tell victims their computer is infected by a virus, that your personal information is “being hacked”, your computer has been blocked or that your Microsoft/Apple license key has expired.
These scammers steal alot of money this way from mostly elderly people and people that don’t have much computer knowledge. The problem is getting bigger and bigger, and these people are great to troll. I have been doing this for a while now and we are finding a lot of new ways to piss these criminals off. We utilize call flooders to disable their phone lines. We pretend to be victim and use fake virtual computers to connect them in to waste hours and hours of their time. This act of pretending to be the victim is scam baiting. We also find out information on them to report to authorities (although they don’t do much sadly) We have made alot of scammers change their phone number, or shut them down completely by our continuous actions.
Now for my revenge story..
I was dialing a scammer pretending that my computer had the fake pop-up alert with their number on it. I followed the steps he told me to make him enter my Virtual Computer. (a safe environment that if they damage i can just restore easily with 1 button) He was showing me all the fake lies like running the command box -tree command to index all your files and then while its indexing type a message in there that my PC was infected.
He next run NETSTAT in the command prompt and told me the foreign addresses where hackers that have established a connection on my machine. At this point he opened a window called MSINFO32 to look at my system specs. As my virtual machine wasn’t made stealthy i thought he would find out that I am a “pranker” as they usually call us. To my surprise this scammer was a rookie that didn’t even notice at all that it showed VIRTUAL BOX in the system model line.
I love having rookie scammers on the line, as they are easy to get information on them from… and i had a feeling this call would get something interesting going! A minute later my feeling became real as he opened his payment account on my virtual machine. As he logged in i distracted him and clicked on “store passwords” which was displayed in my native language so he didn’t notice he did. Next i played along his dumb scam a little longer, filled in all the information in the payment form. And while doing so i disconnected him and pretended my internet went.
I quickly went into his account settings and changed the password and hung up the phone call. At first i thought there wasn’t any transactions made but shortly i found out there was A LOT of stolen money made by him.
I decided to call them back later, and they didn’t even understand what happened. They said they had a connection problem for transactions. And told me i could pay with iTunes gift cards instead. Sadly they could still scam people this way, but its a lot less likely a victim would fall for the iTunes gift card payment thing. All in all this was a nice setback for them and a good revenge from my side :)
A couple days later i can still login to their account, they apparently didn’t set up any recovery settings. I coulnd’t refund the victim but the information was passed on to authorities.