Just a Quick Thought..


Wifi network
Wifi network (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was going through the various spam messages on ThatJoeGuy.com and found an interesting one.

It was a message from jolieheavener@gmail.com who wrote….

It’s the best time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
I have read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you few interesting things or advice.
Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article.

I wish to read more things about it!

I still have his comments listed as SPAM, and now wish to put it in the frame of a SCAM..

The URL that came with this comment goes back to http://free-wifihack.com/. Going to the URL I found this statement…

Unlock any available wireless network

We offer you the software able to unlock any wifi network encrypted through WPA/WPA2/WEP key. Without exaggeration, it is the greatest wifi hacker available.

 

It is interesting to note that at the according to whois.com the sight is either registered, or is located, in Panama.

The software is advertised as being FREE and able to HACK the encryption protocols of WiFi networks. This sent up the first RED FLAG for me… This is pretty much the same as if I sent out an offer to give free lock picks that would allow you to get into anyones home, or office, for free… Either of these events would be illegal, and they seem to be advocating just that..

The next RED FLAG that I found was that they had a number of different ICONs on the page that implied the software was virus free, and they used  logos of a number of antivirus companies to imply that this software had been vetted by them.. It was just a picture and none of them took me to the indicated websites.

Net there are the seeming endorsements, none of which go anywhere. This is a sure indication that they are fake, and just copy and past ICONS.

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If any of this had been true they would have had links behind them that would take you to the site where they could be verified but, they don’t.
One of the customer statements said so. Tested it myself and am more than pleased. And it all goes free. Sounds too good to be true, yet it is  Yes, it is too good to be true..
Anybody using this software would be breaking laws in almost any jurisdiction I can think of… if it did indeed work as stated.. My best guess would be that the minute anyone installed this software : their computer would itself be compromised..
So, the chance of this being a generous offer made by a company in Panama are pretty much NIL.
I am sure anyone who is able to find my blog, out of all the millions of blogs, is smart enough to not fall for this scam. I just wanted to make sure.
Thanks,
That Joe Guy.

Just a Quick thought..


I was going through the various spam messages on ThatJoeGuy.com and found an interesting one.

It was a message from jolieheavener@gmail.com who wrote….

It’s the best time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
I have read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you few interesting things or advice.
Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article.

I wish to read more things about it!

I still have his comments listed as SPAM, and now wish to put it in the frame of a SCAM..

The URL that came with this comment goes back to  http://free-wifihack.com/.  Going to the URL I found this statement…

Unlock any available wireless network

We offer you the software able to unlock any wifi network encrypted through WPA/WPA2/WEP key. Without exaggeration, it is the greatest wifi hacker available.

It is interesting to note that at the according to whois.com the sight is either registered, or is located, in Panama.

The software is advertised as being FREE and able to HACK the encryption protocols of WiFi networks.  This sent up the first RED FLAG for me…  This is pretty much the same as if I sent out an offer to give free lock picks that would allow you to get into anyones home, or office, for free…  Either of this events would be illegal, and they seem to be advocating just that..

The next RED FLAG that I found was that they had a number of different ICONs on the page that implied the software was virus free, and they used to logos of a number of antivirus companies to imply that this software had been vetted by them..  It was just a picture and none of them took me to the indicated websites.

Net there are the seeming endorsements, none of which go anywhere.  This is a sure indication that they are fake, and just copy and past ICONS.

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If any of this had been true they would have had links behind them that would take you to the site where they could be verified but, they don’t.
One of the customer statements said  Tested it myself and am more than pleased. And it all goes free. Sounds too good to be true, yet it is so.”   Yes, it is too good to be true..
Anybody using this software would be breaking laws in almost any jurisdiction I can think of…  if it did indeed work as stated..  My best guess would be that the minute anyone installed this software : their computer would itself be compromised..
So, the chance of this being a generous offer made by a company in Panama are pretty much NIL.
I am sure anyone who is able to find my blog, out of all the millions of blogs, is smart enough to not fall for this scam.  I just wanted to make sure.
Thanks,
That Joe Guy.

 

Spam


no spam!
no spam! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I actually have a little overkill her, as far as blogs go, as I have this one, ThatJoeGuy.com and MyViewbyJoe.com.   Both of the are WordPress blogs.  One is the Free blog allowed by WordPress and the other is a paid blog on ipower.com..

Both blogs had have Akismet to help control Spam…  The WordPress hosted site has the free Akismet checker while the ipower.com hosted site it is about 5 bucks a month..  I can never be sure about the effectiveness of either program…  On MyViewbyJoe.com, which has the paid program I get very little Spam..  On ThatJoeGuy.com I get tons of spam, though most of it I don’t see but, I get a good deal more on the one site than I do on the other..  Now..  The question is : What does this all mean..?

I get a lot of Spam on one, which is the site that is hosted by the people who put out the blog..  Does that act like a magnet to attract spam, or does the lack of large amounts of spam on MyViewbyJoe.com just mean that nobody reads it..  I have no idea…

The funny thing about the spam that I do get on ThatJoeGuy is the number of people who leave comments on the “About” page telling me how much they enjoy reading all this wonderful information, and how well I put it together…

I moderate my spam… and people who leave comments, on any page, that indicate they have not read that page might as well not bother leaving a comment because, unless I can see some kind of correlation between the comment and the page, it goes by by..

 

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Has Windows moved to India? Part 2


Got another phone call from the Windows Technical Division…  So this scam seems to be a continuous thing…  Once again it is interesting to note that they are very adamant about working for Windows and NOT Microsoft…

I have spoken to these people a number of times..  It is strange how the man with the name of Johnson sounded like he learned english in India and was surprised when I guess he was calling from New Dehli…  His response was “who told you”?   I told him the accent was rather obvious but he insisted that he was a Johnson…  I said he was probably right but, he did not understand the reference to a Johnson..  he he…  Maybe he should have been a Dick Johnson…

 

Has Windows moved to India?


Microsoft Management Console (Windows 2000)
Microsoft Management Console (Windows 2000) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

We have been getting phone calls, unknown number, sometimes more than one a day from people who say they are from the “Technical Division of Windows” telling us, me, that they have been receiving error reports from my computer that indicate we have a very dangerous virus on our computer.  Once they explain that they have this information they want to turn me over to a technician who will be able to fix it all up.  If your warranty is out they will even set you up with a “lifetime warranty” for only $299….

 

I only went as far as talking to one of the technicians, a Kevin Johnson, who for some reason did not understand that I thought it was strange that I was not getting a call from Microsoft…  He said, “no, we not work for Microsoft.  We are Windows”.  I mentioned that he did not sound like a Johnson but more like someone calling from New Delhi.  His response was to repeat that he was Kevin Johnson, and to ask me who said they were calling from New Delhi…

 

After a few calls such as this I explained to the man, this one used a different name, that I was not going to fall for this routine, and that they should put us on their “don’t waste time” list, he said OK..

 

I did some google searches and found that this seems to have been going on at least back to 2010.  If you fall for it they will try to get you to let them have control of your computer, or at least get you to open the Windows Even Viewer to show you all of the errors that indicate your computer is infected, or they might even have you open the pre-fetch folder and tell you that all of the listed programs, in that folder, are put there by a virus which they can remove for you…  Oh.. did I mention the “lifetime warranty“?  By this time, if you go that far, they will try to get you to pay for the warranty by way of PayPal which they will kindly direct you computer to so you can pay them….  One reviewer, having set up a virtual machine for them to play with, said that when he stalled on the payment the guy got upset and, using the remote connection, tried to delete as many files from the computer as he could, including the driver for his network access.

 

Don’t fall for this..  There are a number of obvious clues that this is a scam.  The unknown, or blocked number, the fact the Technician don’t seem to understand the connection of Microsoft and Windows, or the fact that their technicians sound like they are calling from India and then there is the idea that, even if the call was from Microsoft, and they knew which computer was sending out S.O.S. messages the idea that they could fix it is laughable.

Thanks,

That Joe Guy

 

 

 

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