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Ransoman
Old 16-07-2010, 11:25 AM
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hello all, long time lurker, first time poster. Not sure if this is the right section but just had a weird phone call:


I work as a systems analyst in a small IT department. I am used to dodging sales calls but i had a weird one just now from a company called Millenium Computers. It went like this:

MillC: hello andrew, Andy from millenium computers here, we tried to get hold of you last week at 5:30 but you had already gone home, we must have just missed you.

Me: yeh, i am out of here at 5 sharp, don't like working late

MillC: The reason i am calling is we have just won a sponsorship deal for (something, i can't remember, might be the world cup???) We are sending out some free football shirts, are you into football?

Me: no, don't like football

MillC: what sports are you into?

Me: i like tennis, wimbledon etc.

MillC: we might have some tennis shirts left i can send you then, please take a note of this security code.

Me: ##writes down code##

then he starts telling me about a printer survey that i don't remember taking about the printers we use on site, i answer a couple of questions about model numbers etc and he starts talking about a product they do, a very high capacity 40'000 page toner and steel bearing'd drum. we talk printers a minute or so more and suddenly:

Millc: so these shirts, when we send them they don't always make it to who we send them to so i would rather send it out to your home address. What's your home postcode.

Me: ##still thinking of printers so no alarm bells, reluctantly gives postcode

Millc: and first line of your address?

Me: ##gives info still reluctantly.

Millc: your not planning on going on holiday anytime soon? need to make sure you will be in in the next 4-5 days to sign for it?

Me: Nope, i am not going anywhere, but i am starting a new job in 3 weeks time.

Millc: well thanks for letting me update my records, i finish work today at 8:00pm, how about you?

Me: 5... ##suddenly the alarm bells start in my head.

at this point he talks a little more about business oppertunities and offers to meet me for lunch when he is "in the area" next week. so i say, No, i am leaving soon so i am not involving myself in any businessy stuff.

As he gave his parting goodbyes i tried to ask him a bit more about his company (because his product would actually be of use to us) but he seems to ignore me and hangs up on goodbye.

After i put the phone down i am left genuinly thinking WTF? He sounded british and sounded like he was calling from a very busy call center but only after thinking back about the questions, alarm bells are now ringing.
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Old 16-07-2010, 11:31 AM
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Tsk tsk....
Number one rule...
Never reveal personal information..

Hopefully its nothing suspect!!
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Old 16-07-2010, 11:34 AM
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Possibly a burglary setup? He knows where you live, he knows your working hours, but the 'no holiday' answer must have been a setback.

Offer to meet you for lunch could be to ensure you are away from home whilst his colleague does a bit of breaking and entering.
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Old 16-07-2010, 11:36 AM
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Possibly a burglary setup? He knows where you live, he knows your working hours, but the 'no holiday' answer must have been a setback.

Offer to meet you for lunch could be to ensure you are away from home whilst his colleague does a bit of breaking and entering.
Bloody hell! Got to have your wits about you in this day and age.
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Old 16-07-2010, 11:39 AM
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I agree, he was seeing when you are at home.. !
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Old 16-07-2010, 11:42 AM
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Personally, I'd be going home RIGHT NOW!
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Old 16-07-2010, 11:45 AM
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sneaky sods ...hopefully the fact you're not on holiday will have put them off!


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Old 16-07-2010, 11:47 AM
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do a reverse look up for the company and call to complain about his methods. You can check then to see if it was a legit call.
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Old 16-07-2010, 11:47 AM
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Hope so too. My GF is at home everyday anyway, she should be able to see anyone off. might dust off the cctv camera in the meantime.
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Old 16-07-2010, 11:49 AM
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tennis shirts?

alarm bells rung for me that they possibly have those lying around.

my sport is british touring cars- if anyone says they have up to date merchandise i know they are lying as most teams dont do any
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Old 16-07-2010, 11:51 AM
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can you please give me your bank details
you never ever give information about yourself
you should have just put the phone down on him
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Old 16-07-2010, 11:54 AM
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did he give you enough info to track the 'company'?


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Old 16-07-2010, 11:57 AM
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No, he did talk about the companies products for a few minutes and he mentioned they where celebrating winning a sponsership deal, that's all really.
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Old 16-07-2010, 11:58 AM
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I had a dodgy call yesterday saying me and Mr buttons had won a 7day holiday in Spain, he just needed my home address etc, i was like sorry dude no mr buttons here, sod off *hang up*
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Old 16-07-2010, 12:00 PM
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can your workplace communication dept trace the tel number he called from?
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Old 16-07-2010, 12:00 PM
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No, he did talk about the companies products for a few minutes and he mentioned they where celebrating winning a sponsership deal, that's all really.

Did you try and phone the company back to see if that person works there
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Old 16-07-2010, 12:02 PM
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It was a withheld number and we don't have anything that could track it back.
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Old 16-07-2010, 12:04 PM
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phone police and report it!
obviously this was not a first and will not be a last,
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Old 16-07-2010, 12:06 PM
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could it be this place in Northampton

http://www.milenium.co.uk/
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Old 16-07-2010, 12:08 PM
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You should have given work address. Get most of my internet deliveries sent to work.
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