Someone with a heavy Indian Accent.
Blocked (Private) caller ID.
He said that my computer was sending out error reports.
Anyway, I was intrigued, so I talked to him for a little bit, but lost patience with him after a few minutes.
He never did tell me what the purported error messages were.
He started by asking me what the key next to the left key marked C-T-R-L. Which, of course, is the Windows key. I think this question might weed out the Mac users.
Next, he had me me hold down the Windows key, and hit "R". Of course, nothing happens. (he expected a run window to open).
I told him I had a console window open, but he wanted me to get a run window with a white box.
Finally he told me to type in:
First type in E.
Then hit the letter V
Next the letter E... and etc... N-T-V-W-R (eventvwr).
Of course, nothing happened.
I eventually told him that I wasn't running Windows on my computer.
He asked me what I was running. I figured that if he was claiming I had errors on my computer, then he should at least know what OS I was running, and eventually hung up on him.
Through the entire interaction, he treated me as if I was dumb as a post.
I suppose they might as well add the dumb as a post into the script, as they won't be scamming many IT specialists.
After the call, I went ahead and googled EVENTVWR. While it is a Windows utility, the top of the list on Google is a bunch of comments about what appears to be a very old scam. I thought I had a high level of patience, but apparently some other people got further into the calls.
The idea with the eventvwr is that there will always be a few errors, that they should be able to over-inflate.
At some point in the calls, the scammers try to get the mark to open a remote control session. I'm not sure if this is vital. I'm certainly not going to allow an unknown individual in a different country remote access into my computer. I'd only consider it if I had a firewall isolated subnet, and a completely clean secondary machine that I was planning on reformatting.
Apparently the scam is to convince people that they should buy some very expensive antivirus or repair utility. Hopefully they aren't asking for a credit card number, or check ID.
It may well do what it is supposed to do, but certainly one should treat any call that comes in as an anonymous scam with suspicion as one could just as easily be uploading a virus or spyware, or even "ransomeware".
After the call, I went ahead and fired up a 100% antivirus scan, but so far clean as a whistle.