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To waarn you about this new scam that worried my MIL

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theITgirl Fri 17-Jun-11 19:44:52

Just had a call from MIL.
She had a call from a company called Kalsoft (sp), based in Banbury Road Oxford. To say she had been infected by a Trojan virus. They needed to access her computer to clean it for her!!!

I have never heard of this company but the scenario is just screaming scam to me. I believe that once she had allowed access they would have installed some key logging software and grabbed her on-line banking or amazon passwords etc.

They did have her name, address and telephone number. Probably off a mailing list. I told her to let them nowhere near her computer and prescribed a G&T. She feels very shaky about it.

Might be worth a word with the DP's or PIL's. Unless they would call you first for advice, mailing list could be an OAP one or just details off the electoral role.

Cannot find anything on snopes about it - yet.

theITgirl Fri 17-Jun-11 19:45:20


TheMagnificentBathykolpian Fri 17-Jun-11 19:45:50

Yes, it's a scam.

Empusa Fri 17-Jun-11 19:52:30

That's been going on a while now, my dad has had it, as have a load of others on a forum DH is on.

theITgirl Fri 17-Jun-11 19:56:46

Thanks. Sounded dodgy as fuck, but never been targetted myself.

StrawberriesAndScream Fri 17-Jun-11 19:59:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ddubsgirl Fri 17-Jun-11 19:59:28

yeah had same here,def warn people so many fall for it sad

ddubsgirl Fri 17-Jun-11 19:59:58

lmao! your gran rocks!

ratspeaker Fri 17-Jun-11 20:02:52

It sounds like a variation of the "Microsoft " scam but using another company name. I suspect people have got a bit wary of "Microsoft" phoning people up to tell them that their computer is infected

You did the right thing telling her to ignore it

pfbornot Fri 17-Jun-11 20:04:36

My mum's had this. When she told the guy no, he screamed that "the virus is EATING your hard drive, NOW!". She knew it was a scam straightaway but she was really cross about it.

TotemPole Fri 17-Jun-11 20:07:57

I've had these calls, usually from people with names like Kevin yet a very very strong Indian accent.

It is a scam. IMO, it's disgusting as some people will fall for it.

LordOfTheFlies Fri 17-Jun-11 20:08:04

We've had several calls (from foreign sounding persons) claiming to be from Windows and telling us our computer is running slow.
Sometimes I argue with them that they are not from Windows because they don't phone.
DH asked what virus specifically.
I sometimes sit and pretend to follow their instructions -computer off at time.

Last guy got really shirty that I was wasting his time!! Hello you phoned me!!
I never swear but I bl**ody feel like it!angry

meltedchocolate Fri 17-Jun-11 20:13:41

they have done that here too 'Your computer is running slow, go and turn it on please so we can fix it' 'erm... no it isn't, thank you and goodbye'

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Fri 17-Jun-11 20:18:02

We've had it too, a few times.

Numberfour Fri 17-Jun-11 20:18:14

A bit off topic but I had some woman call me to offer me something. I said that whatever it was she had to offer, I did not want it. She asked me how did I know that I did not want it if I did not know what it was. So, I told her that if I had wanted anything I would have bloody well phoned whoever I needed to myself.

wheresthepimms Fri 17-Jun-11 20:20:15

I find telling them you have an Mac works, they then don't know what to say grin.

Oh and the last one I got I told him I wrote anti virus computer software for McAfee, I don't but the guy swore at me and put the phone down grin.

chicletteeth Fri 17-Jun-11 20:25:32

Been going on for ages.
Tell her to just hang up if it happens again.

I had this the other day and the guy (from an Indian call centre which is where lots of these scams are known to run from) told me that my operating system wasn't working properly. I knew instantly what he was up to and said how odd, can you tell me what 's wrong so he said that I needed to download a patch to sort out Windows and internet explorer too.

Hmm says I, very odd that since I use Linux and firefox.

He instantly hung up on me


I was bored and am quite clearly a geek too

Empusa Fri 17-Jun-11 20:55:14

Someone DH know sat through the whole explanation of downloading the "patch", then at the end said, "sorry, what's a mouse again?"

QOD Fri 17-Jun-11 20:58:10

My sis has been harassed by them, my bro in law got yet another call one evening and when he realised who it was said "look, just fuck off will you and leave us alone" and hung up.

2 mins later, phone rang again, irate Indian sounding man shouted "no you fuck the fucking hell off" and hung up.


Pumpernickel10 Fri 17-Jun-11 21:00:16

Had it myself but thanks for warning us op

JudysJudgement Fri 17-Jun-11 21:02:13

iits not new, its been around for about 4 years or so

they phoned my uncle and told him his computer had a virus

he said oh really, thats odd, i dont have a computer lol

even my 80 year old mum has been targeted and she was savvy enough just to hang up

Lunabelly Fri 17-Jun-11 21:03:02

I'd tell them I don't have a computer. I'd probably throw in a few feck affs for good measure.

revolutionscoop Fri 17-Jun-11 21:10:02

We had a call like this recently. These things are a kind of sport to DH, who led them along for ages, pretending to be completely convinced, acting very worried about the safety of our computer etc before finally telling them he knew exactly what they were up to. He then refused to hang up, which rattled the caller no end, for some reason smile

RufusTFirefly Sat 18-Jun-11 09:33:55

I've had this. I'm an ex techie and IT trainer. My response was "pull the other one, it's got fucking bells on" and I slammed down the phone. I have zero tolerance for scammers and cold callers and I see no reason to be polite - they can be ruthless and very persistent, and I'm not having it.

Empusa Sat 18-Jun-11 09:50:53

revolutionscoop That's what I want to do, but they never ring me sad

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