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*WARNING COMPUTER SCAM BY PHONE...PLEASE READ*
« on: Mar 19, 2010, 08:38 »
Hi Everyone,
As you may or may not know, I fix Computers for my sins.
What happened last night was quite amazing, and not a little worrying!

I was actually round an Elderly customers house last night, installing the computer that I had fixed for him...and completely by chance, he had a phone call.

It was an Indian Gentleman who said he was from 'Windows' :roll:

The customer handed the phone to me, and the guy said that an "irregularity had been found on my computer, and it was his job to assist me to rectify it on behalf of Windows"

Well, I thought "Let's see what this boffin can tell me".....He then went on to basically instruct me on to the cmd line, and to type in msconfig to bring up the huge list of processes running Illegally on the Computer (fascinating, as I had just reformatted it, so it only had Windows on it :?)

He then told me that for a mere £50, he could help me remove all traces of the Illegal software, to help prevent fraud and trouble with the Police.

At this point, I informed him that I was a Computer Engineer, and that what he was saying was total b******* to which he replied
"Oh...you're a computer Engineer?" I said "Yes"

I can only assume he didn't want to continue the conversation, because we were sadly Cut off!

Naturally I dialled 1471...because I really thought he could help me with my Illegal processes...but as it was a with held number, I wasn't able to.

So...Word of Caution!

If this guy (or any of his low life friends phone you...please ensure you DO NOT give him the time of day!!!)

Good luck out there :drinks:

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Re: *WARNING COMPUTER SCAM BY PHONE...PLEASE READ*
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2010, 18:54 »
Hi Everyone,
As you may or may not know, I fix Computers for my sins.
What happened last night was quite amazing, and not a little worrying!

I was actually round an Elderly customers house last night, installing the computer that I had fixed for him...and completely by chance, he had a phone call.

It was an Indian Gentleman who said he was from 'Windows' :roll:

The customer handed the phone to me, and the guy said that an "irregularity had been found on my computer, and it was his job to assist me to rectify it on behalf of Windows"

Well, I thought "Let's see what this boffin can tell me".....He then went on to basically instruct me on to the cmd line, and to type in msconfig to bring up the huge list of processes running Illegally on the Computer (fascinating, as I had just reformatted it, so it only had Windows on it :?)

He then told me that for a mere £50, he could help me remove all traces of the Illegal software, to help prevent fraud and trouble with the Police.

At this point, I informed him that I was a Computer Engineer, and that what he was saying was total b******* to which he replied
"Oh...you're a computer Engineer?" I said "Yes"

I can only assume he didn't want to continue the conversation, because we were sadly Cut off!

Naturally I dialled 1471...because I really thought he could help me with my Illegal processes...but as it was a with held number, I wasn't able to.

So...Word of Caution!

If this guy (or any of his low life friends phone you...please ensure you DO NOT give him the time of day!!!)

Good luck out there :drinks:

Low Life Miserable little call centre toe rags. Pat you where an absolute gentlemen for keeping your composure and i applaud you for that. I wouldnt of held any judgement against you if youd swore over the phone or insulted him bad.

Im willing to bet that the idiot on the phone giving that shady dodgey advice was someone employed of the street.

Makes me sick to my gut knowing con men like that are out there.


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Re: *WARNING COMPUTER SCAM BY PHONE...PLEASE READ*
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2010, 01:01 »
Don't think this is call centre stuff. Sounds like just a bunch of criminals to me. They won't be employed by anyone in the traditional sense. They'll catch some out though.

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Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead...Do not walk in front of me, for I may not Follow...Do not walk beside me...just f*ck off and leave me alone!

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