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    • Charlton King
    • By Charlton King 10th Apr 18, 9:52 AM
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    Scammers, I think
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    • 10th Apr 18, 9:52 AM
    Scammers, I think 10th Apr 18 at 9:52 AM
    Had a couple of calls to our landline this morning from someone claiming to be from Microsoft and talking about problems we've been having with our broadband lately. Apparently 'outside hackers trying to steal our information'.

    Now this is weird because we have had problems - there have been short interruptions to the broadband connection and strange, rather unpleasant stuff scrolling on the screen completely unbidden.

    Because of this I was really quite rattled by the calls but had the wit to put the receiver down and use 1471. The calls seemed to emanate from a Gloucestershire code 01453. When I googled the full number, I found that quite a lot of people have been complaining about it as probably scammers.

    Can anyone just confirm that this could not possibly be Microsoft? It does seem to me that any scammer would at least have the commonsense to use 'number withheld', wouldn't they? I'm still a bit jittery.
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    • datostar
    • By datostar 10th Apr 18, 4:10 PM
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    Scammer : - "Please click on 'My Computer".
    Victim :- " Where is your computer?"
    Repeat 3 or 4 times. Scammer gets irritated and rings off.
    • JohnB47
    • By JohnB47 10th Apr 18, 4:48 PM
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    You misunderstand. I can 'take' the replies... it's just that I pity those who feel they have to bolster their own failing egos by making them.

    My time being as valuable as it is, I'd rather not be wasting it on pitying people I don't know.

    To quote someone above: simples...

    Bye now.
    Originally posted by Charlton King
    I apologise if you felt that my earlier post was offensive. Perhaps it caught me on an 'off' moment but I'm genuinely surprised by this sort of thing coming up again and again.

    I could understand it if it was a 'newbe' posting - maybe someone who had only recently become a PC owner but from someone like yourself, who has obviously been around this forum for a long time, I'm genuinely surprised, as there have been countless similar posts for many years.

    Anyway, sorry again for any hurt caused. No need for you to avoid the forums.

    Now watch me get caught out!
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 11th Apr 18, 4:11 AM
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    Scammer : - "Please click on 'My Computer".
    Victim :- " Where is your computer?"
    Repeat 3 or 4 times. Scammer gets irritated and rings off.
    Originally posted by datostar

    I did this when my FIL had a call. He doesn't even have a computer.

    I said hang on just going to turn it on, it may take a while its running really badly and very slow.
    I popped the phone down on the sofa and many minutes later he is still on the line.. I said i cannot find the computer. He asked if it was a laptop. I said no its a desktop a massive beige box.. he hung up..
    Punctuation, Spelling and Grammar will be used sparingly. Due to rising costs of inflation.

    My contribution to MSE. Other contributions will only be used if they cost me nothing.

    Due to me being a tight git.
    • PhylPho
    • By PhylPho 11th Apr 18, 11:31 AM
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    Rather more troubling -- I would've thought -- is this from the OP: "Now this is weird because we have had problems - there have been short interruptions to the broadband connection and strange, rather unpleasant stuff scrolling on the screen completely unbidden."

    Even a single incident of "strange rather unpleasant stuff" scrolling unbidden on any computer screen is one incident too many. A procession of such incidents is downright terrifying.

    As AndyPix so rightly said at post #12, the PC in question here is infected with malware.

    No computer should ever be left un-scanned after an event of this kind. Even if one cannot afford the recurring cost of Malwarebytes Premium with its real-time protection, there's no reason not to have Malwarebytes Free installed. Sadly, it will protect only after the fact, but that's better than no diagnosis / quarantining / removal at all.

    Scumbags ringing up (mainly from India) pretending to be this, that or t'other are likely always going to be around. They cannot be quarantined or removed. Malware, however, can and should be.

    The OP really should act on AndyPix's advice immediately and certainly not let his post be lost amongst all the others which are, in fact, addressing an issue of lesser subtlety and lesser malevolence.
    • PhylPho
    • By PhylPho 11th Apr 18, 12:31 PM
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    AVOID Avast . . .
    wrong thread. sheesh.
    Last edited by PhylPho; 11-04-2018 at 12:33 PM. Reason: wrong thread
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