Computer Virus Removal Leads to Worldwide Conspiracy Scam

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Computer Virus Removal Leads to Worldwide Conspiracy Scam

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A wealthy musician was bilked for millions of dollars when a computer repair company convinced him he was part of a worldwide conspiracy.

When you bring your computer to a repairman to remove a virus, that last thing you expect is to be drawn into a global conspiracy. However, that's just what a computer repair shop did to Roger Davidson when he brought his computer in for a tune-up, charging him millions of dollars so they could protect him from harm.

Davidson, a music composer, producer, and the heir to an oilfield fortune, brought his laptop to Datalink Computer Services in Mount Kisco, New York in 2004 when he thought it to be infected with a virus. He was very concerned with the possible loss of music compositions, photos, and documents, and relied on Vickram Bedi, 36, and Helga Invarsdottir, 39, of Datalink to help save his data. Instead, the duo told Davidson that the virus was part of a global conspiracy that involved Opus Dei and the CIA.

Bedi and Invarsdottir first fooled Davidson into thinking that the virus on his laptop was so tough that it damaged Datalink's computers, and that it was specifically targeting Davidson and his family. Instilling the fear of physical harm, Datalink was able to get Davidson to pay for data retrieval, security, and even physical protection.

Bedi then told Davidson that he had tracked the virus to a remote village in Honduras, saying that his uncle in the Indian military had flown to the village and obtained a hard drive that was the source. Further, Davidson was scared into believing that information on this hard drive indicated that Polish priests from Opus Dei, a religious organization popularized by the Da Vinci Code, were attempting to harm him.

Bedi also said that he was under contract by the Central Intelligence Agency to keep these Polish priests from infiltrating the U.S. government. Right. Of course, along the way Datalink was charging all of their "costs" to Davidson's credit card.

All told, by July 2010 Davidson had paid Datalink at least $6 million. Authorities caught on when "interested parties" contacted them about the situation. Bedi and Invarsdottir were arrested at their home as they prepared to leave the country. The duo could face up to 25 years in jail for larceny.

Let this be a lesson to you: Before you take your computer to a repair company that has ties to the CIA and the Indian military for a virus that originates in the jungles of Honduras and was coded by Polish priests from Opus Dei that are trying to steal your Latin Jazz compositions, just install Norton. It's endorsed by Snoop Dogg, and he'd never be involved in a global conspiracy.

Source: Wired

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I'm sorry, but if he was dumb enough to believe all that, he kind of deserves to be scammed.

LOL. Hard to tell who is the stupidest party in this situation. Multimillionaire got trolled. Hardcore.

Hope they rot in prison. But dude, Really? -.-

Or learn yourself how to repair it.

Norton? I think not.

Wat.
Seriously, that is way to outlandish, how could he even believe something like that for a second?

Jiraiya72:
Hope they rot in prison. But dude, Really? -.-

This...How can anybody be so stupid? Really?

Everybody now that it is the Illuminati that runs the world and keeps an eye on everyone.(Last sentence should not be taken seriously.)

Seriously, just back up your data to a flash disk and then reformat.

Costs much less than 6 million.

...What the fuck? That's a whole new level of gullible.

Someone get these guys a medal! Or better, a bridge! Way to troll, dudes. I almost wish they'd gotten away with it.

Also, Avast is the way to go. Screw Norton.

What... the ... hell???

On one hand, I can't help but judge the guy as a complete idiot. On the other hand, it sounds kinda cool, being involved in a conspiracy with Opis Dei, CIA and that whole thing with the village in Honduras and the Indian military. I should really start doing some drugs, maybe I can get something like that going in my deluded mind...

Xzi:
Also, Avast is the way to go. Screw Norton.

Almost anything is better than Norton considering Norton screws with the registry.

Wait, the musician was a dumb ass and the repair men got jail time for it?

Good lord this world sucks.

Davidson is an idiot.

When I read the first paragraph I thought that the scammers had convinced him he was PART OF the Illuminati or something like that. That would've been more fun- if someone had convinced him he was the conspirator!

LMFAO!!! OMFG SOMEBODY NEEDS TO MAKE A DRAMA SPOOF OF THIS RIGHT NOW!!! WOW!!!

Seriously though, this is one of the funniest things I've ever read. I wish I could see footage of the conversation when they convinced him that Opus Dei was after him.

.......What a dumbass.

Props for being imaginative, i say.

I hope they one day publish exactly what was said and how it was said to convince him this was all true. It couldn't really have been as easy as saying "No really dude, the CIA are watching you".

If you've ever worked tech support, you'd know a little social engineering goes a long way with the average computer user. Remember Clarke's Third Law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

This reads like a story board for some unholy episode of a South Park/Family Guy crossover.

Cartman and Stewie are there at the end laughing on their 6 million dollar island while their flunkies take the heat for the whole scam.

Casual Shinji:

It appears not to work.

OT: Wot da fook ees dees sheet. Seriously, how is this even possible. Either that man is a complete retard, or those people told some very convincing lies.

ORRRRRRRRR IT'S ALL TRUE

This has made my day, you gotta give them credit for their imagination, and the fact they had the sheer balls to try and scam someone with this preposterous story.

...
There...are no words...indeed, not even any IMAGES...that can describe the level of failure for falling for such a scam.

I...fgsdgfdgsdfg

Oh Davidson, you are living proof that money can't buy common sense. If someone tells you that you are in danger and then offers "protection" in exchange for money, they are obviously milking you.

Obviously if this person was stupid enough to believe such a thing, they should not be allowed to have access to their money, as they clearly show no competence with it.

Gotta love people who know absolutely fuck all about computers. But really, how gullible do you have to be?

And as for anti-virus, I'm a McAfee guy myself...

Avast! Antivirus is free and great :)

Holy crap, either that musician was colossally moronic, or those two guys have enough charisma to sell paintings to a blind man. We should be glad they just decided to scam people in a computer store for a living instead of getting out of jail and forming a political party, and then trying to take over the world. Thread Godwin'd. My work here is done.

Charisma can be dangerous, though.

Also, scamming people in a computer repair shop is kind of redundant, since it's (mostly) a scam to begin with.

Ekonk:

Casual Shinji:

It appears not to work.

OT: Wot da fook ees dees sheet. Seriously, how is this even possible. Either that man is a complete retard, or those people told some very convincing lies.

ORRRRRRRRR IT'S ALL TRUE

Really? Works fine for me.

Anyway it was a picture of a lollipop aka a sucker.

............................................

...Hmpf, now the whole joke is ruined : >(

A whole new level of fail has been achieved. I can't believe that such "individuals" exist among the human race. The "victim" does not deserve the money.
Almost had an aneurysm from the sheer stupidity.
Also props to the thieves for having the balls to do it.

Ah well.
Remember what Frank Fontaine said:
"Never play a man for the short con, when you can play him for the long."

Polish priests...HA

Casual Shinji:

Ekonk:

Casual Shinji:

It appears not to work.

OT: Wot da fook ees dees sheet. Seriously, how is this even possible. Either that man is a complete retard, or those people told some very convincing lies.

ORRRRRRRRR IT'S ALL TRUE

Really? Works fine for me.

Anyway it was a picture of a lollipop aka a sucker.

............................................

...Hmpf, now the whole joke is ruined : >(

Despite the fact that you were forced to explain it, I must admit that's pretty funny.

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