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I got a weird phone call today
« on: February 24, 2012, 11:36:59 AM »
Someone claiming to be from Microsoft Technical wossname phoned up and told me she was looking at a report about my computer that was full of viruses, 'shunts', and other assorted nastiness.  So I needed to give her the serial number of my computer.  That sounded odd to begin with.  After a bit of arguing it seemed to switch - she had to give me a serial number.  Then when I questioned that it turned out we had to exchange serial numbers.  Another 'huh?' moment was when I wondered why my antivirus hadn't noticed all this, and was told that it was software, while she was talking about hardware.

Genuine, or big fat scam?  I'm used to spotting emails like this, but it was the first phonecall I've got and it's thrown me.  I think I'll let some scans run later today, anyway.
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012, 11:47:33 AM »
BIG FAT SCAM.

its the new thing, I love it when i get that sort of phone call, becoming more common over the past 6 months.
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012, 12:44:13 PM »
Yes, a scam.  They hassled my Mam and Dad for a while.

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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2012, 01:21:15 PM »
100% scam.

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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2012, 01:25:55 PM »
I got it a couple of months ago. I told them then and there that it was a scam and they could go forth and multiply. I asked them what operating system I was using ("Windows, of course!"; "Which version?" ...silence...). Total criminal dunderheads who should be insulted and ridiculed whenever they call anyone! The one good laugh I got is that I asked this clearly Asian call centre how they knew what operating system I was using. The conversation:

Me: How do you know what operating system I'm using?
Call centre: Because I am a wizard!
Me: If I was a wizard I wouldn't be wasting my life working in a crappy call centre.
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2012, 03:06:52 PM »
It's as everyone says, total scam.  Various people have been trying it in Canada for the better part of a year.  I got the call once.  I told them where to go and what to do when they got there.
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2012, 09:03:45 PM »
Now I want a phone call so I can insult and ridicule the person.

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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2012, 09:16:55 PM »
I am currently getting really spammed by 'Your Pay-pal account is limited!' e-mails.

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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2012, 09:29:03 PM »
Anyone calling to tell you that your PC is full of viruses is a scambag.

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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2012, 04:51:20 AM »
Didn't happen to have an Indian accent by any chance? The ones claiming to be from acompany called PC Online Care all sound Indian and have been ringing up every day for months now. We might've finaly stopped them (after 5 verbal requests that they stop calling us and one or two threatening emails we finaly had to send because it was getting rediculous). The people ringing up from "Microsoft" who need technical details and serial numbers all sound Indian too.

It's depressing when you try to be fair and unbiased and not racist but phone calsl from people with Indian accents seem to be the new Nigeria scam fad  :shrug:.
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2012, 09:01:50 AM »
I am of Indian descent and I automatically hang up when someone with an Indian accent calls. Initially it was fun giving the buggers a hard time, but nowadays I no longer bother.

Good excuse to avoid annoying relatives as well ("Awfully sorry, but I thought you were a scam artist from a call centre...")

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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2012, 10:24:13 AM »
I usually just hang up immediately. However now I think I'll take a try at Phone jackers tactic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLBZp5PXLto

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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2012, 02:23:06 PM »
I am currently getting really spammed by 'Your Pay-pal account is limited!' e-mails.

Lots

and

lots

and

lots 

of

them.


Me too, 20 of them in 2 minutes last night.

and another 26 just now
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2012, 03:06:33 PM »
I get those "Paypal" emails too.  On an email address not linked with paypal in anyway.
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2012, 09:23:33 AM »
I got one last night telling me I was having problems with my SKY broadband and they needed access to my PC to rectify the problem - shame I don't have SKY !
There is a scam going round involving Paypoint terminals (phone topups/bill payments etc) in shops. The shop receives a call reportedly from paypoint security asking the site to print out a top up voucher for verification purposes........ I had one the other night. I was most helpful and gave him the voucher number :
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2012, 09:59:28 AM »
I am currently getting really spammed by 'Your Pay-pal account is limited!' e-mails.

Lots

and

lots

and

lots 

of

them.


Me too, 20 of them in 2 minutes last night.

and another 26 just now

Aww... I only got 26 in total
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2012, 11:34:04 AM »
I am currently getting really spammed by 'Your Pay-pal account is limited!' e-mails.

Lots

and

lots

and

lots 

of

them.


Me too, 20 of them in 2 minutes last night.

and another 26 just now

Aww... I only got 26 in total

I don't have a Pay-pal account either.
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2012, 08:37:26 PM »
Yep its a scam, They can if you give them some details take control of your pc which can do untold damage if your not careful. If it happens again tell them you have reported them to microsoft and the police they tend to stop after that.
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2012, 02:16:38 PM »
I took a call @ work (allegedly) from Yahoo last week, from a call centre claiming that my computer had a problem.
I said that this was a business and there are about 20 computers here, which one is it?
And they hung up.
Definite scam, I would say.  :swear::(

The worrying thing is, the people who take it seriously and let them in for "support". Is remote control scamming
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2012, 02:40:48 PM »
I got one last night telling me I was having problems with my SKY broadband and they needed access to my PC to rectify the problem - shame I don't have SKY !
There is a scam going round involving Paypoint terminals (phone topups/bill payments etc) in shops. The shop receives a call reportedly from paypoint security asking the site to print out a top up voucher for verification purposes........ I had one the other night. I was most helpful and gave him the voucher number :
N 1 C  E  -  T R Y !

I'd given them a nastier version  :woohoo:
Great, now I want one of those phonecalls too, I can already hear the conversation going on...
X: We need your serialnumbers and acces to your computer.
Me: Yeah, why do you need them and exactly who are you?
X: Because we need to acces your computer.
Me: Nice, but who are you and where are you from?
X: I'm ... from ...
Me: Aaaaw, pleased to meet you, must be great there, I might visit one day oh and btw, I'm The Doctor, see ya.
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2012, 10:12:22 PM »
I just checked my inbox and there were 32 paypal security alerts - including one offering $90 to update security info  :lmao
I also didn't realise how many bank accounts I own - every major bank apparently thinks I need to update my security details........ :huh?:
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2012, 05:18:13 AM »
Part of me wants to feel sorry for the people that fall for these, because there are some genuinely nice people who are completely illiterate when it comes to situations like these.  There is another part of me that wants to reach through the phone/email, grab the person on the other end, pull their face back through and smash it on a desk.  They do get frustrating.  Now, I just delete emails and hang up the phone.
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Re: I got a weird phone call today
« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2012, 06:29:44 AM »
To be honest I get quite a few mails from 'young ladies' trough whatever social network I once gave in to, they're all blond, gorgeous, loneley and Russian saying they all want to meet me and marry me, they're practically fighting over doing my laundry and each of them wants to bear me strong sons after copious amounts of 'try outs' offcourse  :woohoo:

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