Scammer on the line

Scammer on the line

Scammer on the line

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HERE is the transcript of a phone conversation which should stand as a warning to others about a potential scam.

“Hello – Is that Mrs Hudson?”

“Yes”

“I’m from [noise from busy office]. We are ringing to inform you of a serious breach of security to your computer. Your computer has been targeted regarding your banking facilities and we need to help you sort this matter out as soon as possible.”

“Oh dear!” (Alarmed voice as the word “Scam” springs to mind).

“I can help you – yes, this needs to be urgently sorted for you. Mrs Hudson, you will have to switch on your computer – right now! Yes right now – are you doing this? It is most important that we do this.”

“Oh, dear. I am sorry. Oh, I don’t think I am able...”

“You need to do this for me now, it is most important – do you have a problem?”

“Yes, I do have a problem – my telephone is downstairs but my computer is upstairs.”

Silence – call ends!

Carol Hudson, Park Avenue, New Earswick, York.

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1:34pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Omega Point says...

With that reply it seems you have admitted to having a PC in your home, presumably using the same phone line if internet capable. Not such a good reply really. Try "I do not have a computer" next time
With that reply it seems you have admitted to having a PC in your home, presumably using the same phone line if internet capable. Not such a good reply really. Try "I do not have a computer" next time Omega Point
  • Score: 4

2:09pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Thecynic says...

Unfortunately these scams are far too common and are a way for criminals to make easy money, I myself have answered calls of this nature and proceeded to have fun by acting stupid and keeping them on the line for as long as possible so as to cost them money.

However if you are not experienced in either using your computer, or at removing viruses from your computer? Then my advice to you is to politely put the phone down on any scam caller that contacts you.

If you feel embarrassed at just putting the phone down? then say something like, 'My Husband is a computer technician and will fix it when he gets home' or use some other relative or neighbour for the same line.

REMEMBER: Reputable Tech support companies DO NOT call anyone to tell them they have an infection.
Just the same as your Doctor doesn't call you to say you are not well! (unless you've seen him previously and are awaiting results)
ALL of these calls are from criminals, and are in almost all cases the ones who infected your computer in the first place.
NEVER Part with money over the phone to someone who promises you that they can 'fix' your computer from viruses

If you find that your computer is indeed acting strangely? and you think that you may have been infected, DO NOT give the caller access to your computer, instead go to one of the many genuine and legitimate websites that will help you for FREE! Or, consult a knowlegable friend or a reputable technician.

I have had to disinfect several people's computers in this area who have become infected by just these sort of scams.

BEWARE!
Unfortunately these scams are far too common and are a way for criminals to make easy money, I myself have answered calls of this nature and proceeded to have fun by acting stupid and keeping them on the line for as long as possible so as to cost them money. However if you are not experienced in either using your computer, or at removing viruses from your computer? Then my advice to you is to politely put the phone down on any scam caller that contacts you. If you feel embarrassed at just putting the phone down? then say something like, 'My Husband is a computer technician and will fix it when he gets home' or use some other relative or neighbour for the same line. REMEMBER: Reputable Tech support companies DO NOT call anyone to tell them they have an infection. Just the same as your Doctor doesn't call you to say you are not well! (unless you've seen him previously and are awaiting results) ALL of these calls are from criminals, and are in almost all cases the ones who infected your computer in the first place. NEVER Part with money over the phone to someone who promises you that they can 'fix' your computer from viruses If you find that your computer is indeed acting strangely? and you think that you may have been infected, DO NOT give the caller access to your computer, instead go to one of the many genuine and legitimate websites that will help you for FREE! Or, consult a knowlegable friend or a reputable technician. I have had to disinfect several people's computers in this area who have become infected by just these sort of scams. BEWARE! Thecynic
  • Score: 14

2:52pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Just zis guy, you know? says...

I just string 'em along for a while and then tell 'em I'm running Linux :-)
I just string 'em along for a while and then tell 'em I'm running Linux :-) Just zis guy, you know?
  • Score: 8

3:44pm Wed 9 Apr 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Had one about a month ago from what sounded like an Indian man. I asked for his number so I could call him back, without success so I simply said I'd pass the (Non existent) faults on to my IT man.
He just said two words, the second was off and he put the phone down.

It is important never to give out personal information, including confirmation of Name and address to these cold callers, even if they say it's a survey. You will be put on a suckers list and receive even more scam calls.
Had one about a month ago from what sounded like an Indian man. I asked for his number so I could call him back, without success so I simply said I'd pass the (Non existent) faults on to my IT man. He just said two words, the second was off and he put the phone down. It is important never to give out personal information, including confirmation of Name and address to these cold callers, even if they say it's a survey. You will be put on a suckers list and receive even more scam calls. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -7

4:10pm Wed 9 Apr 14

strangebuttrue? says...

The longer you can keep them on the line the better if you have time as it means they will not be scamming someone else who may fall for it.

I once kept one on the line for 20 mins just by repeatedly calling him a lying thieving scum bag over and over again. Not very nice of me I know but that is just what they are.
The longer you can keep them on the line the better if you have time as it means they will not be scamming someone else who may fall for it. I once kept one on the line for 20 mins just by repeatedly calling him a lying thieving scum bag over and over again. Not very nice of me I know but that is just what they are. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -4

6:06pm Wed 9 Apr 14

wildthing666 says...

Had one about 6 months back I told him, Indian accent, that I collect them for friends who mess round with them. Call ended
Had one about 6 months back I told him, Indian accent, that I collect them for friends who mess round with them. Call ended wildthing666
  • Score: 1

6:53pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Tug job says...

ColdAsChristmas wrote:
Had one about a month ago from what sounded like an Indian man. I asked for his number so I could call him back, without success so I simply said I'd pass the (Non existent) faults on to my IT man.
He just said two words, the second was off and he put the phone down.

It is important never to give out personal information, including confirmation of Name and address to these cold callers, even if they say it's a survey. You will be put on a suckers list and receive even more scam calls.
Perhaps that's how they got your number in the first place?
[quote][p][bold]ColdAsChristmas[/bold] wrote: Had one about a month ago from what sounded like an Indian man. I asked for his number so I could call him back, without success so I simply said I'd pass the (Non existent) faults on to my IT man. He just said two words, the second was off and he put the phone down. It is important never to give out personal information, including confirmation of Name and address to these cold callers, even if they say it's a survey. You will be put on a suckers list and receive even more scam calls.[/p][/quote]Perhaps that's how they got your number in the first place? Tug job
  • Score: 0

12:26pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Meldrew2 says...

I had what sounded like an Indian gentleman ring me last year stating my windows needed sorting.

I told him I already had double glazing which did seem to throw him a little.

He kept on going though - until I told him I had a Mac. Then he said that was infected too. At that point I told him what I thought of him.

My friend always replies he had ordered a pizza not an Indian takeaway. Seems to work for him :)
I had what sounded like an Indian gentleman ring me last year stating my windows needed sorting. I told him I already had double glazing which did seem to throw him a little. He kept on going though - until I told him I had a Mac. Then he said that was infected too. At that point I told him what I thought of him. My friend always replies he had ordered a pizza not an Indian takeaway. Seems to work for him :) Meldrew2
  • Score: 1

7:18am Fri 11 Apr 14

Igiveinthen says...

Just zis guy, you know? wrote:
I just string 'em along for a while and then tell 'em I'm running Linux :-)
Ah someone with the same idea as myself, I let them go through all the rigmarole pretending to enter the information they gave me, when the scammer on the other end said 'you now see a number on your screen, I said correct, when he asked me to read it back I told the scammer it was 'nought nought double nought f**k all blank' when the scammer asked if I was using Microsoft I said no, Linux, the scammer then hung up!
[quote][p][bold]Just zis guy, you know?[/bold] wrote: I just string 'em along for a while and then tell 'em I'm running Linux :-)[/p][/quote]Ah someone with the same idea as myself, I let them go through all the rigmarole pretending to enter the information they gave me, when the scammer on the other end said 'you now see a number on your screen, I said correct, when he asked me to read it back I told the scammer it was 'nought nought double nought f**k all blank' when the scammer asked if I was using Microsoft I said no, Linux, the scammer then hung up! Igiveinthen
  • Score: 0

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