Beware of con artists

I got a phone call this afternoon from someone with a very bad fake Indian accent.  By Indian, I’m referring to the country of India.

He claimed to be calling from Microsoft about a problem with my computer.  Knowing what people from India really sound like, I decided to have a bit of fun as I don’t get the scam phone calls or emails.

He tells me that I’ve downloaded a potential dangerous virus and he needs me to get on my computer so he can help me delete it.  Now, I’m no computer genius, but I could see what he was trying to do.  So, I start peppering him with questions that I knew he wouldn’t be able to answer.

I asked him what type of virus did I download, and he kept giving me a vague answer and trying to coax me to log into my computer.  So, knowing I wouldn’t get an answer for that one, I then ask him when did I download the virus.  He stammers to try to stay on script trying to get me to my computer.

Every time he tries to stick to his little script, I keep asking him to tell me what virus is it and when did I download it.  I reminded him that he said he was with Microsoft, and that if he knew that I had this potentially dangerous virus on my PC, that he would know what it was and when I downloaded it.

By this time, the guy sounds like he has a speech impediment because of his sputtering and stammering.  Knowing the call had been going on for a few minutes, I decided to turn the tables on him.

In a calm and deliberate voice, I informed him of who my employer was and that I was no dummy.  I told him that he had been on my line long enough for me to trace his call and that I’d be getting in touch with the FBI about his call.  I think that was probably the fastest I’ve ever had someone hang up the phone on me since I worked in retail.  Guess he won’t call my number again.  LOL!!!

If you’re not already aware of such a scam, the people are trying to get you to give them remote access to your computer.  Once you give them access, they can do anything to your computer that they want too.  Some scams involve putting a lock on the computer with a threat to delete everything unless you pay a ransom.  Others will use your computer to launch malicious programs across the internet.  Others will simply try to steal any personal information they can.

Companies don’t call you out of the blue like that.  If you or a family member receives such a phone call, please don’t give them any information.  Make them give you a contact name, phone number, and supervisor so that you can verify their ID and call them back.  If you think it’s a scam and you threaten to involve law enforcement, they will scram faster than a cheetah chasing a gazelle.


Jesse Ventura takes on the 1%

*NSFW Language!!!!

“With great power comes great responsibility, and with great wealth comes the right to b*tch and moan when you’re being persecuted. Not on my watch. I’m knocking the silver spoons out of the number one percenters mouths on today’s ‘Off the Grid.’” — Jesse Ventura

Watching that video, I’d say that he’s well on his way to knocking out that silver spoon.

I don’t always agree with him, but in this video, Jesse lays out many a truth that gets obscured by the corporate owned media.  Thanks to social media sites, such a YouTube, it’s getting easier to circumvent the unwillingness to talk about things that affect Main Street America.  Time and time again, we hear these messages being peddled about how Americans don’t care about income inequality, but we should all stop to think about where that message is coming from before we accept it as gospel truth.

In reality, many Americans probably don’t give a rat’s ass about how much money the 1% earns.  What’s concerning America is when the average people can’t get an honest paycheck for an honest day’s work.  Why is it that people get shut down any time the conversation revolves around income distribution?  How can this country see consistent production increases and the workers who are actually driving that increase are not seeing a pay increase to correspond with everyone else?

CEOs, investors, and others have seen their incomes swell as America has worked and expanded over the last 30-40 years under Supply Side Economics.  Those who preach the benefits of Supply Side tend to only look at how the bank account supplies have increased at the top of the pile without that suggested trickle down effect.  Anybody with common sense knows that trickle down is bullsh*t.  There’s no way possible that the top 1% can spend and consume, by themselves, what the other 99% does that keeps the economy going.  It’s not Warren Buffet’s spending that keeps freight moving on his railroad, it’s the spending of Main Street America that does that.  Bill Gates ain’t buying millions of copies of Microsoft on his own, and he’s not buying millions of PCs that have his software pre-loaded either.  Zuckerberg isn’t the owner of 500 million Facebook profiles that generates his advertising dollars.

I honestly think that Jesse is correct in calling the addiction to money as a sickness.  What they’re doing is no different than a person hoarding magazines in their home.  Maybe it’s time that America all got together and decided to kick those silver spoons out their mouths.  We’ve done this once before at the turn of the century with the robber barons.  We already know what to do and how to do it.  There’s nothing wrong with someone working hard to earn a living just as there’s nothing wrong with going out to grab a drink with the guys.  When that quest for money or alcohol consumes you to the point where you’re damaging the lives of everyone else around you, then it’s time to seek help.


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