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    Call from Microsoft about upcoming projects? Suspicious?

    So I just had a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft saying that they wanted to know if we had any upcoming projects they could help us with and wanting to know an awful lot about our infrastructure (which I didn't tell them).

    I could be overly suspicious here but it just sounded really odd so I brushed them off.

    Anyone else have a call like this?

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    Yes i have had that one - can't remember name of firm but after a bit of questioning they admitted they weren't from microsoft but sold microsoft products :-) a way to get past the call screening from reception

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    Some form of company is doing the same thing with HP at the moment too. Its a sly tactic and causes me to hang up on them.

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    Ahhhh naughty naughty. I thought they sounded shifty at my repeated questioning if they were really from Microsoft.

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    We have all sorts who are claiming to be from Microsoft or Dell or HP. They're invariably from a company that merely sells their wares. Waste of time in most cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Some form of company is doing the same thing with HP at the moment too. Its a sly tactic and causes me to hang up on them.
    Ahh I had a call and letter from a company making it look like they were HP when my server warranty was up. Firmly on the blacklist now.

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    and should be blacklisted for just claiming to be from a one of the large companies to get a foot in the door!

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    Yup, stupid reseller tactic to get you to talk to them. My last company use to encourage it as "a way in"

    Silly, silly people!

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    Just ask them for their micorsoft email to verify they are from the company.

    Every single time I have done this they have hung up.

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    Thing is, Microsoft don't do direct sales like that. So do they really think we're that dumb? Ok, with someone like HP you could be tricked (even though their direct sales is HP Direct and they say so), but Microsoft? Do they come across people who have so little knowledge of the market?

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    Have had these calls too. Its one thing to say this to get past reception, but to actually say it to the network manager is crazy

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    Adopt outrageous French accent and tell them "We already got one".

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    I have had a call direct from Microsoft around the time our EES was due. I was very sceptical when it came through however an email later it was genuine.

    I have had the we're phoning from HP company though, they have been crossed off my list.

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    talk about doing the rounds. just reading this thread as we get a call - "so and so from microsoft for you" and i could hear her on the phone say "hi im from microsoft"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cache View Post
    I have had the we're phoning from HP company though, they have been crossed off my list.
    Ah, yes. I too have had the odd phone call from (who I can only assume to be) Hue-Lit Picard. "Are you actually from Hewlett Packard or are you reselling?" usually gets them to 'fess up.
    Not like I'd buy anything anyway. But it's nice to make them squirm.

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