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Bizarre calls from 'my computer maintenance department'

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Phones & TV
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  • meggsymeggsy Forumite
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    My Indian 'virus fixer' is calling most days from 06499 940669

    straight to the answerphone ;)

    Just a reminder that numbers can be checked here

    http://whocallsme.com/
  • brewerdavebrewerdave Forumite
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    I've had at least three calls this week already from the "computer maintenance department of Windows" ....it seems to go in cycles,nothing for months then a series of calls.... but what really made me chuckle yesterday, was the names they used ..first one was John Hardy (from Bangaluru!!) and then Susan Johnson (from Mumbai!!) ...I suspect it would be more convincing if they used their real names!!!
  • JimmyTheWigJimmyTheWig Forumite
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    It's one of my pet hates, Dave, when you get a call from what is clearly a foreign call centre and they claim their name is "Glen" or "Sharon" or something. They've obviously got a list to choose from.

    I always ask where they're calling from. They normally avoid the question (saying they're working on behalf of such and such which is a UK company) or lie and say "London". So I ask them what the weather is like in London at the moment. They can't answer that one!
  • adouglasmhoradouglasmhor Forumite
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    IToday, the first caller had a VERY thick south east asian accent, however he claimed his name was Peter DeSilva... :eek: I've NEVER known ANYONE who has that accent to have such a west-european sounding name!!:EasterBun I asked him, what version of windows I am running, and he guessed XP... ... ...W-R-O-N-G-G-G-!-!-!-!... ...:rotfl: ... ...I asked where he was calling from, he said "Why do you want to know my company name?" I said that I wanted to check him and his company out... ... ...he hung-up.:

    Quite a few De Silvas come from Macao
    The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head. Terry Pratchett


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  • meggsymeggsy Forumite
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    brewerdave wrote: »
    I've had at least three calls this week already from the "computer maintenance department of Windows" ....it seems to go in cycles,nothing for months then a series of calls....

    Same here, calling daily now so checked on Action Fraud, they used my real name so they are getting details from somewhere :mad: so we don't answer at all now.

    http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/bogus-microsoft-engineers-strike-again-nov11
  • We received one of these calls today and, because I've been online for so many years, I played along for a little bit...asked who they worked for (they couldn't answer this one) and just told them finally that I only allowed my brother-in-law access to my computer...had to repeat that one before they got the hint and hung up.

    What concerns me is this...they called on my mother's phone (I help to take care of the house and her, due to her age)...how are they getting the phone numbers...switchboard.com or something else?

    I am the "tech" of the house tho - guess I should've told them that one or the linux line...I love that one :-)
  • vernternverntern Forumite
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    I have also received these trash calls about 'problems' with my computer. One conversation maybe worth a smile. My name is Turner.
    Them: 'Am I speaking to Mr Turner'?
    Me: 'Who'?
    Them: 'Mr Turner?'
    Me: 'Turner, never heard of him?'.
    Them: Am I speaking to Mr Tuna'?
    Me: 'Ohhhhhh! Tuna! He's moved to Sandwich - bye!'
  • MrsGSRMrsGSR Forumite
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    I just answered with "Computer? But I don't have a computer!" And they hung up. Haven't heard anything since.
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  • verntern wrote: »
    I have also received these trash calls about 'problems' with my computer. One conversation maybe worth a smile. My name is Turner.
    Them: 'Am I speaking to Mr Turner'?
    Me: 'Who'?
    Them: 'Mr Turner?'
    Me: 'Turner, never heard of him?'.
    Them: Am I speaking to Mr Tuna'?
    Me: 'Ohhhhhh! Tuna! He's moved to Sandwich - bye!'


    LOL That's great :-)
  • sheep-alisheep-ali Forumite
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    I am getting 2 of these a day at the moment - usually international comes up on caller id but the other day I had one from 0441234765093 wherever that might be.
    Yesterday I asked "Clint" how they knew that I was having a problem which threw him a bit & he had to consult some other people in a language which I did not understand. Eventually he gave up :)
    I have been known to answer in Gaelic which really throws them:D
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