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some foreign guy keeps calling to say our computer has been infected with harmful and malicious viruses

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KerryMumblesFaints Wed 15-Dec-10 10:43:09

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Poledra Wed 15-Dec-10 10:45:03

'Tis a scam m'dear - they are just calling you at random, on the assumption that most people run Windows of some description, so you won't query it. Ask whomovedmychocolate - she delights in telling them she runs a Mac, so piss orf!

Give 'em no info and hang up on 'em.

KerryMumblesFaints Wed 15-Dec-10 10:48:42

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nocake Wed 15-Dec-10 10:51:11

Tell him that you don't have a computer grin

Poledra Wed 15-Dec-10 10:54:48

Same way any of these cold callers get your number - they've bought a list from some unscrupulous bastards another company and are working their way through it.

NetworkGuy Wed 15-Dec-10 10:57:01

Any number is likely to get someone (old dear or young) who may have internet access.

If they can con 1 person in 100 into spending 50 quid for some fictional anti-virus (which is most likely to add malware to the persons PC and make it a zombie under control of the criminals) then it will have covered the cost of dozens of calls where people just hang up.

Don't you know that a wrong number is never engaged !



Tell them you are running Linux (or Fedora, or Ubuntu or using a Mac) if they ever ring again, and that they have been wasting your time, before you put the phone down.

I would just love them to try it on me... I have at least 2 dozen PCs with a variety of old and not so old OS on them...

But first I would ask them to tell me my IP address (a trick question, because using my Three dongle I can get a new one by disconnecting and connecting, while my other connection has a fixed IP address). I can therefore tell anyone "no, my IP is different" whichever one they might tell me!

KerryMumblesFaints Wed 15-Dec-10 10:57:10

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liamsdaddy Wed 15-Dec-10 10:59:56

Unfortunately the telephone preference service don't stop oversea's phone spam - although at least it's costing them money.

But scam scam scam....

Poledra Wed 15-Dec-10 11:00:30

NetworkGuy's answered that one - to get you to pay for some fictional anti-virus program, which will create more problems than it solves.

nocake Wed 15-Dec-10 11:00:39

They could be trying to sell you a useless piece of software or trying to get access to your computer. Either way, it's a scam and you should either play with them a while or just hang up.

whomovedmychocolate Wed 15-Dec-10 11:01:30

I do not tell them to piss orf, I tell them all about my windows problems, (they are so sticky with fingerprints you can barely see the sunlight and when I open them I get cold). I keep them on the phone for ages. They are trying to get you to agree to visit a website which will then steal your info and sign you up to a support contract for lots of money. Which you don't need.

zippy539 Wed 15-Dec-10 11:01:58

I've had this.The guy claimed he worked for microsoft.

I'm a bit shit with computers but when I got him off the phone I called microsoft and they said it was definitely a scam.

Could have saved myself the bother had I remembered that I use a Mac... confused

NetworkGuy Wed 15-Dec-10 11:02:32

KMF - they get you to install rubbish, and charge you for the privilege of becoming a machine which could be used in a hack attack or DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack.

A DDoS is the type used on Visa and Mastercard to bring their servers down. If you put a command on a server (send a request for this file to visa.com at 12 noon) and a million PCs in the world check that server every few hours, then at 12 noon, all of them connect to visa.com and request a file (or page, or send some message) it can crash visa.com and by telling these zombie PCs to continue until say 4pm you continue an attack for 4 hours, affecting every legitimate user/customer who might try to connect.

PS Did you get sorted with a phone for your son?

whomovedmychocolate Wed 15-Dec-10 11:03:10

Do keep them on the phone though as long as you can. I find segueing into 'what are you wearing, gosh that sounds nice, I bet that feels lovely against your skin' freaks them out sufficiently to put them off.

KerryMumblesFaints Wed 15-Dec-10 11:05:40

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NetworkGuy Wed 15-Dec-10 11:05:44

wmmc - it must be the effect of some Baileys I had earlier this morning, but I just (s-l-o-w-l-y) worked out your flipping 'windows' problems... OMG, I was trying to work out how you meant there was sunlight blocked from your PC...

KerryMumblesFaints Wed 15-Dec-10 11:06:01

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KerryMumblesFaints Wed 15-Dec-10 11:06:47

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ClenchedBottom Wed 15-Dec-10 11:07:51

Oooh we got this a lot too. The first few times I just said that I knew it was a scam, thank you, and put the phone down but they kept phoning back, which surprised me. Then they phoned again one evening when I was cooking the kids' tea and I was cross, so I put on a lovely jolly excited voice and asked them to hold the line whilst I passed the phone to my DH, a police officer specialising in computer fraud who would be only too delighted to talk to them - they put the phone down pretty quickly and haven't called back so far!

(Obviously DH is not a police officer, in fact he wasn't even in the country at the time but I had had enough by then!

NetworkGuy Wed 15-Dec-10 11:08:35

wmmc - you sound like you would have them wondering if they were on camera for a TV show where they were being made an object of fun!

ClenchedBottom Wed 15-Dec-10 11:09:02

Ah, I typed too slowly - I see the thread has moved on.
Baileys poured over ice cream is pretty good too.....

KerryMumblesFaints Wed 15-Dec-10 11:10:54

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NetworkGuy Wed 15-Dec-10 11:23:38

Kerry - are you going to use it on Vodafone or would an unlocked one be better ?

Have just checked Ebay (yes, I know it would be a used phone) but for about the same cash (if they will not add too much for sending to you) you could get an unlocked phone with charger and a 16 GB memory card (that bit alone is around 35 quid) which would mean he could store absolutely hundreds of MP3 music tracks - eg those given him by friends...

Go for Voda and 1 GB, if your husband is in the Garda, as I cannot vouch for the source of thousands of MP3 music files!!!!

KerryMumblesFaints Wed 15-Dec-10 11:25:55

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FairyTaleOfNewYork Wed 15-Dec-10 11:40:55

last time they called, i told them i didnt have a computer.

they didnt like that...

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