May 1, 2013 - My previous post about fake support calls from Microsoft generated a lot of reactions.I was quite astounded by how many other people also had similar experiences and that this was still going strong.“(i) use or launch any automated system, including without limitation, robots, spiders or offline readers that access the Software, Products or Skype Websites.

This is the very social engineering angle that such a request plays upon, as once you accept the request, you will be engaged in a discussion with a chatbot.

Chatbots have been around for ages and I have many fond memories of random IRC users stumbling on a channel I used to hang out in, and attempting to strike up a conversation with our custom Eggdrop chatbot, as we had chosen a feminine name for it.

Seems a little out of character to be trying to chat up strangers on Skype.

I decided to play along and see if this chatbot was capable of arguing for it’s humanity.

I’m expecting an attempt to redirect me to a paid site in pornographic content, but maybe that’s just bitter old me.

🙂 The perpetrator of this little scam needs to migrate the potential mark off of Skype, and onto his paying website, hence the pitch for “cool effects”.

This helps narrow the target audience to someone who would be interested in a paid pornographic website.

Wow, a bachelor in sociology, smart girl we have here…

Skype reserves the right to revoke these exceptions at any time.” I have had interactions with similar Chatbots on MSN, AIM, ICQ, and the little iframe pop ups on websites, so this isn’t a new scam by any means.

The goal of the scammer is to steal your credit card information.

I recently had a strange contact request show up on Skype.