Social Engineering

Companies trying to sell you crap are so annoying these days. They call and make up stories/lies trying to phish information out of you.

Printer Toner?
Them: “This is so and so from ABC company and we received an order from your purchasing department for copy machine toner, but your purchasing agent forgot to put the printer model on the order.”

That’s interesting for a couple reasons. One, there is no purchasing department, and secondly there is no copy machine.

Me: “It’s uhm, SP-6200. Oh wait, maybe I’m upside down. It’s 0059-DS”

Them: “Really? I’ve never heard of such a copy machine model before.”

Me: “Weird.”

Then they hang up on me. How rude! That’s the last time I send a purchase order to them for toner.

Survey For IT Companies?
Them: “Hello, we are so and so research firm, and we had a brief survey for IT companies that hopefully you can help me with.”

BTW, I can barely understand the lady because she has such a thick Indian accent.

Me: “Uh, okay.”

Them: “Do you engage in software development and if so, do you outsource any of your work to overseas companies, for example in India?”

Me: “No, we don’t have any computers, we are a janitorial service.”

Wow, they hung up on me too. I wonder if maybe they wanted me to outsource my development to them or something?

2 thoughts on “Social Engineering”

  1. that is exactly what they want. I get those calls all the time. But when someone pisses me off from the moment I meet them, why would I want to do business with them?

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