Cyberf*cked

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Validation once again that technology is always out to get me.  It all began on Thursday while I was reading an article online.  There was a small picture to the right preventing me from reading the entire piece so I simply X’d it out thinking nothing of it then, seconds later my computer screen went haywire.  Suddenly an automated female voice came on repeating the same sentence to the effect of “Someone is trying to steal your banking details” as the accompanied words shown on the screen along with something that said Microsoft Warning or something like that.  Then to the left of the screen were untold numerical figures down the entire page and I felt like I was looking at the stock exchange only it was on my frickin’ computer!  I panicked because while I’ve had problems in the past with viruses creeping into my PC it was nothing like this.  I knew this was some kind of a scam when an 877 number appeared and instructed me to call it. 

 

My computer was completely frozen hindering me from closing the page out and therefore I had no choice but to shut it down manually.  By this time I was freaking the f&ck out as I didn’t know how, what or who was responsible for this.  I had a nauseated feeling that by calling the number it would end up causing more damage to my computer but my curiosity got the best of me so I called it and who answers but someone with an Indian-sounding accent.  The second he spoke I immediately hung up and didn’t dare go near the computer out of fear it may have blown up.

 

The following day I brought my PC to a computer repair service but still needed to find out how this newest and worst technical disaster occurred if at all possible.  After searching the net only to discover that whole Microsoft warning was indeed nothing but an online scam I called that same 877 number from my blocked home phone but when the person answered she wasn’t foreign.  I explained the entire situation and this is where it gets even more bizarre.  The woman said the company associated with that phone number was not a tech support company at all but rather sold health insurance.  This confirmed my initial suspicion that this was indeed fraudulent and thank God I didn’t speak to that person when I first called the number as I can only imagine the damage he would have caused had he remotely connected to my computer.  But I’m still baffled as to how he was on the other end of the line when I called.  Did this towelhead skillfully route that 877 number to where he was knowing I’d call while hoping he could hoodwink me then simply vanish?  I’ve never heard of anything like this before and believe me I’ve heard plenty.

 

I’m outraged that this happened and am completely clueless as to how, by merely closing a picture on my computer some type of malware infected it but I know I’m certainly not the first nor last person this has happened to as countless scams are occurring now more than ever before.  Hackers malevolently gaining access into people’s personal computers causing worry and terror in addition to money in order to correct the issue/issues.  Who does this?!?!?!  Oh wait, I know treacherous bastards who have nothing better to do with their time than to disrupt others’ lives.  It seems nowadays everyone’s out to swindle others such as calling and terrifying innocent people by telling them their family member is in danger or will be going to jail unless they go out and buy $2,000 or some other absurd amount in gift cards at a particular retailer.  And unsuspecting people, especially elderly believe it, go out and spend thousands of dollars on gift cards only to find out they’ve been conned.  Great world we’re living in.  

 

This is yet another example of how things like this never happened years ago but the more technology advances the more people, many of whom are high-tech geniuses will continue to devise crafty methods to dupe victims any and every which way they can.  It’s no wonder I’m so distrusting of others.

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