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    Ransoman
    Have i just been scammed?
    • #1
    • 16th Jul 10, 11:25 AM
    Have i just been scammed? 16th Jul 10 at 11:25 AM
    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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  • padd_bear
    • #2
    • 16th Jul 10, 11:31 AM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:31 AM
    Tsk tsk....
    Number one rule...
    Never reveal personal information..

    Hopefully its nothing suspect!!
    'Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much'
    My Challenge has begun!!!
    • Oblivion
    • By Oblivion 16th Jul 10, 11:34 AM
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    Oblivion
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:34 AM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:34 AM
    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.
    ... Dave
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  • shadowknightz
    • #4
    • 16th Jul 10, 11:36 AM
    • #4
    • 16th Jul 10, 11:36 AM
    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.
    Originally posted by Oblivion
    Bloody hell! Got to have your wits about you in this day and age.
  • GEEGEE8
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:39 AM
    • #5
    • 16th Jul 10, 11:39 AM
    I agree, he was seeing when you are at home.. !
    • Meepster
    • By Meepster 16th Jul 10, 11:42 AM
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    Meepster
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:42 AM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:42 AM
    Personally, I'd be going home RIGHT NOW!
  • confused76
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:45 AM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:45 AM
    sneaky sods ...hopefully the fact you're not on holiday will have put them off!


    • scaredy_cat
    • By scaredy_cat 16th Jul 10, 11:47 AM
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    scaredy_cat
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:47 AM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:47 AM
    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.
    Cats don't have owners - they have staff!!

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  • Ransoman
    • #9
    • 16th Jul 10, 11:47 AM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:47 AM
    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.
  • before hollywood
    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
    things arent the way they were before, you wouldnt even recognise me anymore- not that you knew me back then
    BH is my best mate too, its ok

    I trust BH even if he's from Manchester..
    Originally posted by MercilessKiller
    all your base are belong to us
    • Lost2
    • By Lost2 16th Jul 10, 11:51 AM
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    Lost2
    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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  • confused76
    did he give you enough info to track the 'company'?


  • Ransoman
    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.
    • Buttonmoons
    • By Buttonmoons 16th Jul 10, 11:58 AM
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    Buttonmoons
    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*
    • scaredy_cat
    • By scaredy_cat 16th Jul 10, 12:00 PM
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    scaredy_cat
    can your workplace communication dept trace the tel number he called from?
    Cats don't have owners - they have staff!!

    DFW Long Hauler Supporter No 150


    • Lost2
    • By Lost2 16th Jul 10, 12:00 PM
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    Lost2
    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.
    Originally posted by Ransoman

    Did you try and phone the company back to see if that person works there
    Last edited by Lost2; 16-07-2010 at 12:04 PM.
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  • Ransoman
    It was a withheld number and we don't have anything that could track it back.
  • Trust
    phone police and report it!
    obviously this was not a first and will not be a last,
    • Lost2
    • By Lost2 16th Jul 10, 12:06 PM
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    Lost2
    could it be this place in Northampton

    http://www.milenium.co.uk/
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    SwagBucks Amazon £390
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  • HenryKissinger
    You should have given work address. Get most of my internet deliveries sent to work.
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