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Very Scary

HS and I have both just had calls saying that there is something wrong with our computers - Chinese sounding voice - and that they wanted to help us. HS told them they should be locked up. I could only mumble at them and they started to spell things out to me like I was an idiot Shocked

This happened to someone I know, unfortunately (the phone call saying there was something wrong with her computer, not spelling things o-u-t) she fell for it and the scammers were able to get inside her computer and do a great deal of damage to her files and get hold of all her passwords, logins etc anything stored on her computer.

So if you get a call from someone telling you there is something wrong with your computer just hang up. The call shows up as an international call.


Posted at 24th Nov 2010 - 12:31PM   Posted by Westerwitch   Very Scary Comments: 7

Fennie's Avatar Thanks, WW.

Posted by: Fennie on 24th Nov 2010 at 12:49PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Yup...our PC world has a big notice up warning people about this one...The edjit that phoned us was from India.
Our neighbour also had a call but doesn't have a computer!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 24th Nov 2010 at 01:27PM

Ivy's Avatar Gosh UK must be like a huge play ground for hoaxers and scammers. I NEVER heard about anything like that happening to anybody I know here.

Posted by: Ivy on 24th Nov 2010 at 01:43PM

Mountainear's Avatar I've had a number of calls from people purporting to be calling about my faulty computer - in my innocence I've always assumed them to be wrong numbers. However knowing there is nothing wrong with my computer I never take them up on their offers to fix it and put the phone down smartish.

Thanks WW I'll be even more cautious now.

Posted by: Mountainear on 24th Nov 2010 at 02:05PM

Milla's Avatar nor do I, Ivy! Our WW seems to be a magnet for all these nasties. The cheek!!

Posted by: Milla on 24th Nov 2010 at 02:14PM

Bradan's Avatar We rarely seem to get these type of things, but if we do get anyone suspect we just speak in Gaelic to them, they soon go away. Very Happy

Posted by: Bradan on 24th Nov 2010 at 08:13PM

Camilla's Avatar Thanks for letting us know Westerwitch.

Posted by: Camilla on 25th Nov 2010 at 01:29AM

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