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General Chat Thread, Windows phone scam back again. in General; One of our family friends whose computer I fix has just had the phone call saying that "your copy of ...
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    Windows phone scam back again.

    One of our family friends whose computer I fix has just had the phone call saying that "your copy of windows is not genuine and you have a virus" and forked out 100 for them to remote in and "fix it". Just warning people that it hasn't gone away.

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    I had a call from a friend yesterday, his neighbor has fallen for the same scan. Seems they have been locked out of Facebook and had other things tampered with. He had been phone by the same guy four times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    He had been phone by the same guy four times.
    He was phone? That answers that question then.


    I can't believe this scam is still going... Thankfully, I've never had the call. I wonder how they'd react if I told them "I'm fully aware my copy of windows if hacked. I hacked it myself."

    Knowing my luck, it'd be legit Microsoft on the other end of the line...

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    Our school secretary was seriously bothered by this last year and fortunately had the sense to talk with me about it from the outset.

    I told her to tell the caller that the police were now monitoring her line because she'd had a large number of nuisance callers.

    She's heard nothing since

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    419 (save my moniez but give bank details!) scams have been going for years and they still haven't died so neither will this one. Thieves know they are on to something, we won't see them go I'm afraid.

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    I hear an awful lot of these. The single linking factor appears to be people buying stuff from PC World or its associated companies.

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    I've had a couple of these calls myself, 9 out of 10 times i just put the phone down now and then I will tell them i don't own a computer. Just depends on what type of mood im in.

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    Our entire global economy is based on taking money from stupid people

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavhc View Post
    Our entire global economy is based on taking money from stupid people
    Bit harsh, some of the scams are quite good. The people that get caught are usually not that knowledgeable on the subject. That doesn't make them 'stupid'.

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    Hmmm does that mean the promise of 250,000 from the nice Nigerian General could be a scam too? I he only wanted to use my bank account to transfer his money safely!

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    I said 'some'....

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    Yes, I had a whole conversation with them once about the Internet being slow on my Etch-A-Sketch.

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    One of my mates had worked at a call centre for a pizza chain when he was at uni... when he got one of the scam Microsoft calls, he just reverted to the old pizza outlet script (he had used it enough that he still remembered most of it)...

    He had the scammer on the phone convinced they were ordering 2 large pizzas, a coke and garlic bread... better yet he almost had the scammer volunteer their address so the pizzas could be delivered

    Would've been an interesting call to the cops... "i just got called by a scammer, i pretended to be from <pizza chain> and they gave me this address for delivery"

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutLawTorn View Post
    One of my mates had worked at a call centre for a pizza chain when he was at uni... when he got one of the scam Microsoft calls, he just reverted to the old pizza outlet script (he had used it enough that he still remembered most of it)...

    He had the scammer on the phone convinced they were ordering 2 large pizzas, a coke and garlic bread... better yet he almost had the scammer volunteer their address so the pizzas could be delivered

    Would've been an interesting call to the cops... "i just got called by a scammer, i pretended to be from <pizza chain> and they gave me this address for delivery"
    Heh i like that.

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