I experienced a scammer call on Friday and decided to play it out to learn how it was executed. The scam started with a phone call from the number 441248416523. I was greeted by a gentleman with a middle eastern accent informing me that my “internet has been hacked”. Oh No! I asked how he knows this and was told they are a private group that looks for
Once I was on my computer, I was asked to search in google “my 1p address”. This pulled up an IP address, location, hostname, proxy and device type. The scammer told me my “internet was hacked” by a hacker name John Crawl (wow they know the guy’s name). I even had the guy spell it out for me. The proxy was supposed to represent the hacker’s IP taking over my IP address.
The next step was to get me to install AnyDesk via going to
I asked about the server connecting to my phone and was told it would hide my IP address and stop any future attack. When I asked about their organization, i was told they are a secret organization designed to prevent hackers like John Crawl. I offered to use my own sharing software … tha gave them something nasty instead and that was the end of that.
Summary: These scammers are cold calling people claiming to be some secret protectors of the Internet stopping John Crawl the hacker from owning the “internet”. They try to convince people to install team viewer for android phones and AnyDesk for MAC laptops. I assume they use similar tactics if you tell them you have Windows or an iPhone. If you ask too many questions about their organization, they will hang up on you. You can
Don’t fall for this joke of a scam. I also found others are posting about this activity such as this article on a similar scam HERE.
2 thoughts on “Phone Call Scam “You Are Being Hacked by John Crawl!””
May be pure coincidence but I got a genuine email from eBay saying my account may be compromised (it hadn’t) followed an hour or so later with this “my 1P address” scam. Recognised name Mountain View and Googlebot instantly of course.
Guess they can persuade their Android phone is compromised since googlebot was using Android as the user agent in my case.