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Alec
Senior Member

United Kingdom
644 Posts

Posted - 06 Mar 2011 :  20:15:42  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by JustmeHow do these people get hold of your telephone number


Er, dialling random numbers works a treat, and will get you in the end!

quote:
Originally posted by JustmeAnd who, in their right mind, would entertain such a conversation anyway.... So much gullability is unbelievable.


It only takes a few for it to be worthwhile...
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Richmond Close Resident
Junior Member

United Kingdom
84 Posts

Posted - 31 Mar 2011 :  17:12:51  Show Profile
Well these scam PC calls continue. I might be sad but I really enjoyed my few minutes on the phone to this woman with a very harsh sounding and slightly foreign voice who told me she had noticed my PC running slowly and giving the occasional error message.
`How do you know that?`
`You are one of 20 people in the area with this problem that we are having to fix`
She wasn't even put off when she asked what was on my screen after a few clicks and I said the options were RUN, RUN very fast and Police
She just said `You are not doing as I told you!` Wow, real tough lady.
It was only when she said she knew about my PC system as I had a registered copy of windows and I replied that it was a pirate copy, that the phone went dead. She was heading me towards a known virus site and doubtless they would have charged money to then remove the virus.
Making them waste time is the only option to reducing this scam at present and if every call was 3mins wasted their income would drop substantially.
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Billywindsock
Average Member

178 Posts

Posted - 31 Mar 2011 :  23:09:18  Show Profile
I can't wait for the call . . . I wonder how long I can string it out before I tell them that I'm using a mac with OSX.
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Scottman
Advanced Member

United Kingdom
1831 Posts

Posted - 25 Jul 2011 :  16:36:46  Show Profile
Had another of these calls this am - a very confident and determined one this time....
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Jacko
Average Member

United Kingdom
208 Posts

Posted - 25 Jul 2011 :  16:54:50  Show Profile
Me too, last week. Interestingly the caller, a chap with an asian/Indian accent, asked for Mrs Jacko by name but she was at work. So I dealt with him. This bloke sounded confident and 'pushy' too.
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Scottman
Advanced Member

United Kingdom
1831 Posts

Posted - 25 Jul 2011 :  17:45:30  Show Profile
Sounds like the same guy - and yes he knew my name ....
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skippy
Advanced Member

1063 Posts

Posted - 25 Jul 2011 :  17:47:39  Show Profile
They all come from overseas call centers, that's how they make sure that they cannot be caught under our fraud laws
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/07/14/canadians-increasingly-defrauded-by-fake-tech-support-phone-calls/
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JudieT
Senior Member



United Kingdom
639 Posts

Posted - 25 Jul 2011 :  19:29:10  Show Profile
Perhaps they target area codes in groups as I had a call like this last week too.
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Barzey
Senior Member



United Kingdom
801 Posts

Posted - 26 Jul 2011 :  09:29:48  Show Profile
My daughter whom lives this side of Stevenage, had the same thing last week. He was also of Indian/Asian origin and extremely pushy and he even rang back 3 times to ask why she put the phone down on him!!
Needless to say that she eventually told him in no uncertain terms that even he understood.
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Craig
Project Leader



United Kingdom
2374 Posts

Posted - 26 Jul 2011 :  10:08:01  Show Profile
I had a call last week too.
I just said, sounding amazed. "Windows XP? On a Mac? That can't be right can it?"
He hung up on me.
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Pat-H
WoLFer



United Kingdom
2471 Posts

Posted - 26 Jul 2011 :  22:47:14  Show Profile  Click to see Pat-H's MSN Messenger address
Yes they tried to call me again but the line got dropped.
I'm tempted to set up a premium number and if they call again ask them to call me on my "business line".
At least that way I'll be paid for the time they waste...
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kate darcy
Senior Member



United Kingdom
649 Posts

Posted - 05 Aug 2011 :  11:00:17  Show Profile
They are still trying I had a call today. Thanks for mentioning it on here as I might not have realised it was a scam otherwise.

Edited by - kate darcy on 05 Aug 2011 11:00:55
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brassdoorknob
Average Member



United Kingdom
465 Posts

Posted - 05 Aug 2011 :  11:34:45  Show Profile
I know we've done this subject before - however, unfortunately, I still come across people who have fall for these scams. One person recently paid 5350 rupees (77) for a so called virus removal/ PC maintenance service. Fortunately on that occasion (other than to the wallet), no damage was done to the PC.

So, once again - ANY calls from abroad, with a foreign accent, a delay before they speak, alledgedly "from Microsoft", "your PC is malfunctioning, or has viruses" - rest assured it's a SCAM. End of.
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trev
Moderator

United Kingdom
1517 Posts

Posted - 08 Aug 2011 :  07:43:55  Show Profile
I had a call on Saturday. However, I was too quick to say " Oh yeah and what is wrong with it then?" at which they hung up!

Edited by - trev on 09 Aug 2011 04:34:54
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Cass
Average Member

United Kingdom
117 Posts

Posted - 10 Aug 2011 :  10:24:30  Show Profile
Whats TPS ?
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steve
Moderator

United Kingdom
1485 Posts

Posted - 10 Aug 2011 :  11:22:12  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by Cass

Whats TPS ?


Telephone Preference Service
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AThomas
Average Member

United Kingdom
328 Posts

Posted - 10 Aug 2011 :  15:31:32  Show Profile
I've just had this call (only the 2nd time for me). What I liked about it was that the guy who called told me his name was 'Mac'! Brilliant, what an apt name! First guy who called me several weeks ago was called 'Harry' - "if you know what I mean....!"
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crazylegs
Junior Member

United Kingdom
47 Posts

Posted - 03 Oct 2011 :  21:39:00  Show Profile
They've not gone away I had one at the weekend.

Seemed very confident that he wanted to help me with my computer problem. I kept asking him why I was being called. I think it threw him when I asked which computer was the giving error messages, He gave up at this point!
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