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I Got a Windows Support Call

It happened. It finally happened. Someone with a south Asian accent, named John called me from “Microsoft Headquarters” and told me that my computer had some problems on it. I was actually excited at this point. I asked him to specify which computer it was. He asked if they were on a network, and I said one was at the moment. He had me go to it and asked me if it was running slow or freezing. I told him it was fine. And then he asked me to locate the Windows key and click it and R together. This is where it gets fun.

He said, “R as in Romeo.” That’s my sister’s dog’s name. I told him, “Oh, Romeo?” He answered, “Yes, Romeo. Do you see the Run window?” I answered, “No, I see Juliet.” He then repeats, “No, is there a Run window?” I just played dumb, saying, “Rambo?” He said, “No, Run!” But I responded, “I see Sylvester Stallone.” At this point, I was just giving random answers.

The last answer I gave to him was, “I see a monkey.” And his response? “You are the monkey.” I was ready to laugh at him. I then said, “Okay, I know this is a scam. But thanks for calling. It was fun.” He hung up after that.

After a quick search, I read that if I let this go on longer, he’d have me download a file, which would probably install malware or spyware or something. But one guy said that he told the scammer that his anti-virus kept deleting the files. The scammer asked him to go to Wal-Mart and send a Moneygram to someone in Bangladesh to buy software that would fix the “problem.” You can read the entire story here, as well as some other experiences.

I should mention that they called twice today, two hours apart. The first time, the guy hung up when I said, “Excuse me?”

For anyone who gets a call from Microsoft, it’s not Microsoft. They won’t call customers about viruses or problems.

If they call again, I’ll have to consider some other things to say:

  • I don’t have a computer.
  • I have a Mac.
  • I run Linux.
  • He has contact CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service), which is the Canadian version of the CIA.
  • He has contacted the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (my lack of Bengali skills may give this away as a lie).
  • He has contacted the Oval Office of the White House.
  • He has contacted Bill Gates.

Which do you think is best? And have you experienced this call before? Let me know in the comments below.

I Do Not Write For Free

Have you ever been asked to work for free? Or have you ever been asked to write for free? Well, that happens sometimes. But never like this.

There’s a story going around right now that I’ve seen a couple times in the last two days about a woman who returned someone’s ebook to Amazon after reading it, then telling the author that it was good, but it should be free. Apparently, she’s done this a lot. She was blocked and reported for abusing the Amazon return system, and then she became quite nasty. She was caught cheating the system, and she was not happy. Read the whole story here. It’s worth reading it.

I’ve mentioned this before when talking about ebook pricing, but I will not sell books on Amazon for free. Even $0.99. Too little, I think. You see, writing and selling the books is a job. It’s just like someone making crafts and selling them. They don’t just give them away, they sell them. Artists don’t make a painting, then give it away. They sell it. Authors are no different. We would like to be paid for our work.

So for things like this to happen, it’s a shame. I can’t believe some people will go to these lengths to buy a book, read it, then get a refund, even though they liked it. Some people can be so dishonest. Unbelievable.

What do you think about this situation? Do you think Amazon should allow ebooks to be returned? Let me know in the comments below.