This week, I have had 3 phone calls regarding what I am referring to as the BT Hacking Scam. This is probably very similar to the Microsoft Windows Log Error Scam I have written about before and I had several responses on the post.
The phone calls have all been from an Asian male with a Caucasian name. It was ‘Mark’ this morning and he introduced himself as being from the BT Internet support team. He told me that they have been noticing unusual activities on my Internet line by overseas hackers. I played along for a bit so here is an outline of our conversation.
Mark: Are you the main Internet user?
Mark: We are seeing lots of overseas hackers logging in to your computer where they can see all your activities and Internet usage. I can show you where they have been looking and to stop them. Are you in front of your computer terminal now?
Mark: Can you look at the computer keyboard and tell me what key is next to the one marked ctrl.
Me: It says alt.
Mark: What computer operating system do you use?
Me: Mac OSX.
Mark: If you look at the top right of your screen you will see a magnifying glass. Can you click on that and type the word Terminal please.
Me: OK. I’ve done that.
Mark: What does it say?
Me: What should it say?
Click…… ‘Mark’ suddenly hung up.
If you get one of these calls, whether you are on a Mac or a PC, do not let them have access to your Terminal or Command Line.
I am not even a BT subscriber so this was a quick giveaway. Many Internet Service Providers include firewalls and prevention for this kind of thing, so the BT hacking scam is just that – a scam. YOU will need to give access to your machine, although sadly, you can do this inadvertently by visiting sites that install trojans or malware. If you have any doubts, ask the caller to contact you back, after you check with your ISP, but don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from him. Unless of course his name has changed and the call script starts from the beginning…General