PAYMENT WILL APPEAR AS : ALTHIM TECHNOLOGIES LLC
When I woke up this morning I wrote on my journal before I started my day “I don’t know why this 12/17 seems memorable…it feels like there’s something memorable that happened on 12/17.” and there you go before 12 p.m I realized that I was fooled. I encountered a scam. I was charged $200. I was stupid not to listen to my instinct that it’s not a legit one. I entered my billing address by mistake two or three time and I felt in doubt while listening to that guy on the other line who speaks like an Indian (I’m sorry that’s my impression)
Here’s what happened.
1. I couldn’t open “safari” on my macbook. A number appeared on my desktop asking me to call apple customer service (believe me, it was so convincing) the number 855 326 4813 and so he was able to log in on my computer by letting me open that http://www.logmein123.com They let me open programs. I heard conversations on the background like when you hear people talking inside an apple store talking about their problems with their gadgets. The guy was circling things in red on the screen telling me that this ALTHIM TECHNOLOGIES is affiliated with apple and that they’re the only one who can fix my “hacked computer” and if I will not do anything for the next 6 hours then they will be able to get information from my laptop. He even asked me if I did online shopping (of course) I was thinking that for the next 6 hours I will be very busy at work and so while I have the time why not fix the problem. They were pointing numbers,graphs etc. showing me that my computer has been hacked.
2. Unfortunately they were able to convince me to provide my banking information. I was charged $200.
If they were able to remotely accessed my laptop, they may have installed something like a software whatever to access my information. Who knows they may be reading what I am typing now (ughhhh)
I slept well, feeling calm. My parents called me, maybe they felt that I was in trouble haha. My mama said “hindi lang ikaw ang na ganyan pati dito sa atin andami din na ha hack ang account.” “Good thing you called the bank.” And my oh my I thought she will tell me “how stupid of you to trust them.” “What a gullible adult.” But both of them told me I did the right thing by calling the bank immediately and that I should be thankful because they didn’t drain my bank account.
For a young adult (am I still young @ 26? Lels) I felt devastated. I work hard to earn money. I am on my own living abroad. Why do people do such “scam” things? It’s so sad. I am ashamed (ahhhh it’s a shame stupid mistake, really) but I still want to post this experience of mine hoping that there will be no more victims. Be wise.
Yes I called the bank and they blocked my account for any suspicious transactions. I need to go there to get my new card/card number. I need to go to an apple store. Seriously, I feel like they are watching me now while typing on my laptop. Take note; they were able to disable my safari (I couldn’t open it yesterday until I called the number on my screen) yes, I wish I opened/checked apple’s customer service first on my phone. I just dialed the number and assumed that I was talking to a legit technician of apple. I should have been more cautious, more smart and more more more more. ekkk that’s it for now. I hope to update this article soon announcing that yet I got my money back. I am praying for it.
For now, I am changing my passwords. please do the same! Happy Holidays :)