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New computer scam going around!

(13 posts)
  • Started 5 years ago by Deane Johnson
  • Latest reply from Listener_Pete

  1. Deane Johnson
    Member

    Our local BBB sent out a warning on a computer scam currently going on where someone calls claiming to be from Microsoft (or other), saying they have detected something wrong with your computer. They go on to try to get you to download some software to fix it. You know the rest of the story.

    I've had two of those calls this week. Heavy foreign accent, most likely Indian or some other country in that area. They probably don't enjoy my response too much when I tell them what to do to themselves.

    Posted on March 4, 2014 - 05:40 PM #
  2. Andrew
    Member

    Yeah, these are not new - they have been going on for years. Some googling will probably find a reference on Snopes.

    I think if I ever get one of these calls I'm going to see how long I can lead them on.

    Posted on March 4, 2014 - 05:45 PM #
  3. Vitalogy
    Member

    +1 Andrew!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 - 06:39 PM #
  4. mike_kolb
    Member

    I've gotten a number of those calls over the last few years. Just tell them that you don't own a computer and, poof... they're g-o-n-e!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 - 08:52 PM #
  5. Vitalogy
    Member

    Ditch the home phone and all of these types of calls go away. I've been cell only since 1998 and I've only had one call regarding a political survey since then. And no telemarketers others than those I've done business with in the past.

    Posted on March 4, 2014 - 08:55 PM #
  6. Chris_taylor
    Member

    We finally dropped our outdated fax line. Been without the home phone for a couple of years.

    Oh - and speaking of outdated phone technology:

    http://mentalfloss.com/article/55380/adorably-perplexed-kids-react-rotary-phones

    Posted on March 4, 2014 - 10:15 PM #
  7. jr_tech
    Member

    If you *really* want to stump the kids, bring out an old AM radio with tubes and a pointer dial. :)

    Posted on March 4, 2014 - 10:23 PM #
  8. Skybill9
    Member

    Better yet, get a boaters air horn and when these scammers call talk to them a bit very quietly so they have to ask you to repeat yourself and then let them have it with the air horn!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 - 11:53 PM #
  9. QPatrickEdwards
    Member

    Chris,

    I can see those kids' heads exploding trying to grasp the concept of a "party line."

    There were 4 different houses on our line...found out some interesting information about our neighbours when I was a kid...of course if I was going to be snoopy, I would unscrew the carbon mic out of the handset and pull it out as to not be detected.

    My wife did the same thing while she was growing up in rural Camas, but she wasn't savvy enough to realise that the mic could be removed from the handset.(Pulling the mic from the handset was one of my favourite practical jokes to pull on my mom at the time...amazingly, she was not as amused about it as I was...)

    50 cents for a payphone?! I remember when we were running around as kids our folks made sure we always kept a DIME in one of our shoes or pockets to make a phone call...

    Posted on March 5, 2014 - 09:15 AM #
  10. shipwreck
    Member

    It's fun to lead them on, act as computer-incompetent as you can, keep asking them how to do whatever it is they want you to do, tell them your computer is really slowed down.

    Posted on March 5, 2014 - 10:10 AM #