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    Default Internet Telephone Scam

    I am sure you have heard of this, but if not, please warn all of your friends and family. I knew about this scam and enjoyed playing with the caller, wasting their time. The scam is:

    You get a phone call about your computer having a virus, (mine was from a gentleman with an Asian accent and I could hear other people in the background), he states that he can fix the virus for you as your computer is running slowly. They will get you to type in certain commands, which then gives them access to your computer, the scam is that they will then search your computer for bank details, credit card details and passwords etc.

    So please warn your folks, that if someone rings, tell them just to put the phone down. I managed to keep him hanging on for about 15-20 minutes as I am currently trying Ubuntu (a linux based system) operating system, it totally threw them on how to get control of my laptop.

    Eventually I got bored, told them I knew it was a con and put the phone down.
    its amazing what you can tolerate when you are bored!

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    Get these alot. Kinda fun winding them up but no so fun for the people they manage to con

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    yh, i had that. they told me to enter a code and repeat. I repeated the F word and she replied, ok. I knew it was a scam just by the accent and random phone call, and a dodgy name for the software to download.

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    Just tell them that your PC/Laptop etc has never been connected to the internet so how could it have a virus & more importantly how do they know your phone number

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    I am not in the directory, so it makes me wonder where they got my name and telephone number from? Certainly looks like our personal details are being sold on!!

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    How come I never get these calls !!!

    I must be looking on the wrong sites


    Sent from my iPhone 4s using my thumbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by spennny View Post
    How come I never get these calls !!!

    I must be looking on the wrong sites


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    Same here I never get them calls all I want to do is wind them up all I get is calls to claim back ppi insurance

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    Yeah I started getting calls from random telesales/scams etc and we are x directory. We only have the phone for the internet never use it tbh. Only people who called us on it was my Nan lol......

    Anyway we complained and complained and found that they got our number from a telesales agency who got it from a double glazing company we used many years ago. They had sold on all there customer contact numbers to telesales agents. Read small print when getting quotes or using companies as they may sell on your details....

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    I let them waffle on if I have the time and then tell them that I am an MSCE certified engineer (which I am), they usually say no more and put the phone down.

    Having been in the computer industry for 40+ years way before MS was prominent I quite enjoy winding them up.

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    26 minutes is my record for having them on the line.

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