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Beagletorque
6th February 2019, 11:44 AM
Phone rings and a recorded message in an American accent: my IP address has been compromised in several countries. It must be changed and I will get a free new router. Just press one to be connected to a technician.....

Just take my money now.....:rolleyes:

Otto
6th February 2019, 11:57 AM
They never give up do they? My phone only rings if it's someone I know, or if someone I don't know has identified themselves by giving their name. Robots never do that, and most call centre staff don't bother either because they know they'll be wasting their time.

TimP
6th February 2019, 12:10 PM
Phone rings and a recorded message in an American accent: my IP address has been compromised in several countries. It must be changed and I will get a free new router. Just press one to be connected to a technician.....

Just take my money now.....:rolleyes:

Never had one of those, might be fun to play them along for a while

Jim Ford
6th February 2019, 12:14 PM
Phone rings and a recorded message in an American accent: my IP address has been compromised in several countries. It must be changed and I will get a free new router. Just press one to be connected to a technician.....

Just take my money now.....:rolleyes:

I would have been very tempted to press the button to see what their spiel was!

Jim

TimP
6th February 2019, 12:18 PM
I would have been very tempted to press the button to see what their spiel was!

Jim

Exactly! I doubt they’d have an American accent, but they would have a fake name.

Beagletorque
6th February 2019, 12:32 PM
It's a recorded message, as soon as you press the button you will likely be charged £10 a second on a reverse charge call. You have been warned!

TimP
6th February 2019, 12:42 PM
It's a recorded message, as soon as you press the button you will likely be charged £10 a second on a reverse charge call. You have been warned!

I don’t actually believe that can happen.. but happy to be proven wrong.

Internaut
6th February 2019, 08:57 PM
We get a few of those every week.

Wally
7th February 2019, 10:31 AM
I'm with Otto on this one. Having the 'guardian' take the call(s) prevents Tom, Dick and any other Anus from getting through. The sound of silence when calls are from the previous trio can be quite soothing. *yes

Otto
7th February 2019, 10:56 AM
The sound of silence when calls are from the previous trio can be quite soothing. *yes


As can reviewing the list of blocked callers!

shenstone
8th February 2019, 09:08 PM
Phone rings and a recorded message in an American accent: my IP address has been compromised in several countries. It must be changed and I will get a free new router. Just press one to be connected to a technician.....

Just take my money now.....:rolleyes:

LOL.. I agree

to those who say they would like to hear what they say.. be careful

I have had a couple get through (we are ex directory so get almost no scam/marketing calls). They can get very nasty very fast when they realise they have not scammed you. I had one such about a year ago he spent 20 minutes trying to get me to give him remote control and for some reason I kept messing it up :)

I don't do it any more and you don't need to put yourselves at risk. Have a watch of a few Jim Browning video's - he's a non sensationalist scambuster who make svery good and well informative video's Jim Browing on You Tube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBNG0osIBAprVcZZ3ic84vw/videos)

Regards
Andy

MJ224
9th February 2019, 10:21 AM
The nearest I came to falling for a con artist was several years ago. I had a problem with networking my Epson Wifi printer. So I Googled Epson, and one of the first sites with an Epson name in it came up with a phone number. I did think that this was very "handy" at the time, but went ahead and phoned. The guy answering the phone spoke with an accent that you would not associate with a big company such as Epson, but hey ho I listened. He now wanted to get access to my pooter. Which I allowed!!!. I could see a load of instructions scream pass on the screen, I was getting a little worried at this stage. He came back and said "your problem is that you have too much porn on your computer"

As I knew this was ball cocks I rung off and switched off the computer. There does not seem to have been any consequence of this action, Thankfully. I did restore the pooter to an early restore point tho'...….Phew, near miss I reckon...:confused:

wornish
9th February 2019, 10:27 AM
The nearest I came to falling for a con artist was several years ago. I had a problem with networking my Epson Wifi printer. So I Googled Epson, and one of the first sites with an Epson name in it came up with a phone number. I did think that this was very "handy" at the time, but went ahead and phoned. The guy answering the phone spoke with an accent that you would not associate with a big company such as Epson, but hey ho I listened. He now wanted to get access to my pooter. Which I allowed!!!. I could see a load of instructions scream pass on the screen, I was getting a little worried at this stage. He came back and said "your problem is that you have too much porn on your computer"

As I knew this was ball cocks I rung off and switched off the computer. There does not seem to have been any consequence of this action, Thankfully. I did restore the pooter to an early restore point tho'...….Phew, near miss I reckon...:confused:

Sure was a near miss.

Rule #1. Never give anyone access to your computer. If a new driver is needed then ask for the download link and make sure its the manufacturers' site.

Darkroom
9th February 2019, 11:08 AM
The amazing and also disconcerting fact about scams is that even David Umatinggi in Nigeria, one of the many guys who offer to share $20 million with you, must get a return for his efforts, or they simply wouldn't bother trying. A fact which only goes to prove .... "A greedy fool and his money are easily parted".

With the exception of the "Ransom" phone and computer hacking type scams, most are fueled by either stupidity, greed or both.

"If it looks too good to be true it probably isn't", is the best rule of thumb *yes


Darkroom