Well back in the day we had emails telling us we won a fortune, then came Adware and Spyware, then came phishing with emails looking like they came from your bank or credit card company trying to trick you into giving them your login information, then we had SMS text messages trying to sell you something and making you pay for the cost of receiving the text, and Skype chats from people we didn’t know that wanted to sell us stuff we didn’t want.
This past week I experienced a new Scam.
The unsolicited Skype Phone Call from a”System Repair Alert” wanting to fix my windows computer that had, as the phone call told me, been infected with a virus.
Since I’m running on an Apple I wasn’t too concerned, but listened to the entire pitch so I could find out who was sending out this pre-recorded Skype call.
The Call referred me to the domain name HelpHS.com which was spelled out during the call at least 4 times.
A quick whois check of the domain, found that the domain was just registered 4 days earlier at EuroDns on April 24th.
Smart that the registrant chose a non-US based registrar, stupid if the registrant listed his correct name address and phone number.
However since the name on the whois record is that of a famous US actor John Malkovich, chances are the name is not correct.
It seems that EuroDns already reacted to complaints and pulled the site down as it no longer is resolving.
Nice to see a problem fixed without the need for government seizure of domains.
Bottom line, we have a new method for those trying to screw us and its in the form of a Skype call.
Although it may have been he 1st, it’s surely not going to be the last time we will see this method being used so heads up.