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Title: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: greeny on September 15, 2010, 03:50 PM
hi we had a phone call this afternoon which i thought was a bit dodgy , a firm claiming to be computer maintenance services, they said that our computer was running slow in a morning ,and we should follow these instructions , turn computer on go on start click on run and type these letter in , i thought no one as rang up about windows running slow and the computer seems to be running ok . i started to ask where the company was and she richmond surrey , i ask her if you know that our computer was running slow who was our internet provider was , she could no answer that , so i did not take her instructions any further so she then said i can not take this phone call any further and hung up , is this a scam  as any one else had a phone call like this is it a scam  ??? beware
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: greeny on September 15, 2010, 05:44 PM
hi i have just found this that might help http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/forums/index.cfm?action=showthread&threadid=375362&forumid=2     :)
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Martin on September 15, 2010, 05:55 PM
Yes, it is a well-known recent scam. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/jul/19/police-crackdown-phone-scam-computer
"The computer users were then told there were problems with their PC, which could be fixed.
After being told to download a programme that handed over remote control of their computer so the caller could install 'fixes', the PC users were told of the £185 charge for subscription to "the preventative service". But the "fixed" computers never had any problems, and the value of the service was dubious."
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: burlington on September 21, 2010, 11:10 AM
Hi,
Just read the scam warning.
I think I had one yesterday. When I got home and checked for messages, I had one from a firm whose name I could not make out asking me to phone them back about cancelling my subscription.
I checked their number and it was unknown.
It might have been genuine but it seems shady to me.
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: greeny on March 03, 2011, 12:09 PM
hi be on your guard , we have had four phone calls this week so far , three computer maintenance company ,regarding the fault on my computer , which i havent got a fault , and one from window maintenace company , i dont know where these calls come from but the peolple on the other end speak very poor english, but seem to understand ---- off , has any one else had these calls recently  :D
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Vanessa on March 03, 2011, 02:34 PM
If I don't recognised the number I answer,then hang up or I put it infront of the speaker on the TV. It doesn't stop them but at least they pay for the call. The worst offender is TalkTalk. Being registered with TPS doesn't stop them all. 

Vanessa
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Fudge on March 03, 2011, 03:09 PM
If you get a call that makes a dialing tone in the distance press your hash key 6 times quick and it is supposed to send the dialing computer that rings about 6 people at a time hey wire worth a try. Fudge
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Nan on March 03, 2011, 03:33 PM
If I get a call from an unknown number or  withheld number I let my answering machine pick it up. They soon hang up!
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Vanessa on March 03, 2011, 03:52 PM
A lot of them know how many rings to allow before the answering machine picks up so hang up before it answers, so I answer before it picks up so they pay for the call. You can tell the computer generated calls as they call again immediately after you have answered and hung up. There should be a law against this sort of irritating behaviour.

Vanessa
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Jayess on March 04, 2011, 01:11 AM
Over here in Aussie we get a lot of the Indian callers & they ask for you by name which makes them sound reasonably genuine. Now I have a very simple way with them I just answer with a "Hello" & then when they start their spiel & I answer them in the Broadest Lancashire dialect & they don't understand that so the calls seem to have got less & less. I have heard them in the background saying I can`t tell what he says & you hear the supervisor say cut the call.  Simple but very effective. --Jayess
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: herby on March 04, 2011, 11:07 AM
Hi
 The latest one here tells you have a parcel to pick up from the post office if you open it they get into your computer. I asked at the post office and they told me they don't tell you on the computer they stick a note in your letter box       herby
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Son of Nomad on March 04, 2011, 12:24 PM
Talk Talk call me at least once a month and Iím really brassed off about them. Last year they (some Indian woman) persuaded me to change my line rental from BT to Talk Talk and part of the deal was for me to get free Caller ID which I really wanted. But it never got it. So the next time they called (some bloke with an American accent), I explained that I was still waiting for Called ID and he (apparently) went into his computer and said he had set it up. But again I didnít get it. They simply tell lies to get business. Now when they call I put the phone down on them. There was a time when I would never have done that but they have pushed me too far.
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Vanessa on March 04, 2011, 04:13 PM
I hate to tell you this, but caller ID is free on BT you just have to activate it.

Vanessa
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Fudge on March 04, 2011, 08:33 PM
Tell us more Vanessa. Fudge
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Vanessa on March 04, 2011, 09:32 PM
We've had it free for a few years, I went to our account online and it was listed in the services, you just had to confirm you wanted it.

Vanessa
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on March 04, 2011, 10:45 PM
The "computer" scam is here in Canada too!    Had my first call about it this morning and told him I was deaf and couldn't hear him, that his message was just garbled words, and anyway I was sick, and hung up.  I don't trust anyone these days and figured it was a scam.   Mostly I just say "hello" and then leave the phone sitting on my desk for several minutes without speaking then replace the receiver when I hear the dial tone again.   Sometimes I say I'm not interested and hang up.  I do have caller ID but most scammers only show "Unknown Name - Unknown Number".   It always bugs me though when I'm busy and hear the "long distance" ring on the phone, race up the stairs and then it turns out to be a #$%&$~ scammer!   90% of my important calls are long distance and so I always hope it's a relation until I actually get to see who's calling!   
Glad I came across this topic though as I did wonder if it had anything to do with Rogers Cable & Internet going to charge more if you exceed your usage "allotment" for the month on your pc. I have quite a large useage allowance but don't download stuff so I wasn't too bothered, but one never knows if they're going to downgrade it so we'll have to  pay more per month - like everything else.  Bah - humbug!
I just wish I could do what Jayess does - speak in a really strange language or accent to confuse them.  ;D ;D ;D
I also wish all this old/new snow would go away - it's making me really fed up these days and more scammers isn't helping.   Still have about 14" of old snow sitting on my patio.      Joyce
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on March 04, 2011, 11:00 PM
P.S.    ;D ;D ;D  Guess what?  I've just had another long-distance call to say, "Congratulations - you've just won an all-inclusive cruise to the Caribbean!".....so I just hung up because I know it's a recording, even though it was a very cheerful-voiced, nicely spoken female.   :o ;D ;D Joyce
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: greeny on December 06, 2011, 12:42 PM
hi as any one had calls again saying your computer not working. i had one last week that window on my computer was not working , i said what windows ,they replied we can clean it for you , i thought scam right away , i told them i clean my windows every fortnight , they look perfectly clean to me , she said what windows are you on about i said my double glazing , guess what they put the phone down right away  ;D
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: herby on December 07, 2011, 06:50 AM
Hi
     If you want to know if it's a scam go to snopes.com herby
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: greeny on February 18, 2012, 06:09 PM
hi as any one had phone calls that when you pick the phone up no one speaks a few seconds later it cuts off  you do the 1471 number i have never heard a number 00023456789 and the others are 000845 and i have no intensions of ringing them back i hope they get sick of ringing because i give no information nor buy anything over the telephone  >:(
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Vanessa on February 18, 2012, 07:44 PM

Yes they are computer generated calls, not all of them are answered, just random ones, its one of many companies trying to sell you something. We have caller display so we don't even answer them. The other day I got fed up with the international calls, after the umpteenth call I picked it up and yelled "will you p*ss off" and slammed it down, I wasn't in a good mood, strangley, they haven't rung again.

Vanessa
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Fudge on February 19, 2012, 09:43 AM
They always ring when you have just sat down for a meal or watching something good on tele they are pains but my objection is you can't understand a word most are saying to you. Fudge
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Vanessa on February 19, 2012, 04:21 PM
If I see it is a tele sales call I sometimes answer it and put the phone in front of the TV, that way they try and talk to whoever is on, doesn't bother me as they are paying for the call.  ;D

Vanessa
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: greeny on July 03, 2012, 11:53 AM
hi do they ever give up ,   http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/scam-watch--june-update---the-fraudsters-you-should-be-aware-of.html    >:(
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Fudge on July 03, 2012, 12:20 PM
A few weeks ago I had a phone call from Dutton and Dutton saying they were solicitors contacting people who were paying to much rates, they said I was, I told them straight that I was paying the correct amount. Some one else who was a old lady had them and agreed to pay some money the daughter cancelled everything phoned the company and told them. Her mother got a visit from them and give them the money I don't know what as happened since. I don't give any info on phone or computer and the emails that come through I just delete don't even open them. Fudge
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Fudge on July 22, 2012, 05:15 PM
On Friday morning at 8am my friend started getting phone calls from all the people who were on her email list. Asking if she was alright. As the email said she was in trouble in Spain and need money could they help her. It took her nearly all day to sort it out with the help of BT.  Her phone and mobile was going all day and evening it really upset her that they could do that. Most of her friends and family knew she was at home luckly and quite a lot went in to spam. I had two strange emails which could have been the ones sent but I deleted them as I never open emails I am not sure about. Fudge
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Vanessa on July 22, 2012, 08:07 PM
I've had emails like this and like you just delete them, if my friends were in that much trouble they would phone me, but not before they had phoned family first.

Vanessa
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Martin on July 22, 2012, 11:22 PM
On Friday morning at 8am my friend started getting phone calls from all the people who were on her email list. Asking if she was alright. As the email said she was in trouble in Spain and need money could they help her. It took her nearly all day to sort it out with the help of BT.  Her phone and mobile was going all day and evening it really upset her that they could do that. Most of her friends and family knew she was at home luckly and quite a lot went in to spam.

This has happened to two people that I know. It could be that her email account has been hacked. One lady that I know had her online Yahoo email account hacked and these messages sent to all her contacts. To make things worse for her, her address book and all her emails were deleted (possibly to stop her emailing people and telling them it wasn't true).

Quote
I had two strange emails which could have been the ones sent but I deleted them as I never open emails I am not sure about. Fudge

So that's why you never reply to me........
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Lewy on July 23, 2012, 03:19 AM
Although I have caller ID, I too have received "Scam" calls.   The latest cal was from tele no 039393939. I didn't answer and let my ansafone cut in, they hung-up.  Then double checked number with 1471 which confirmed tele no 039393939 had just called.  I rang BT and their technician confirmed it as a "scam call" from overseas and that they (BT) could do nothing about it, asked why TPS could not stop these calls and was told same thing, can't do anything.
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: daftjack on July 23, 2012, 09:58 AM
Hi All, If any of you use Android (Google) OS on your cell phone, dump it. Get rid of your Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc; Use RISEUP.NET. Your spam will disappear overnight. For your phone use something like Symbian or Bada.

Just a thought.......


Daftjack.

Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Martin on July 23, 2012, 04:18 PM
Hi All, If any of you use Android (Google) OS on your cell phone, dump it. Get rid of your Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc; Use RISEUP.NET. Your spam will disappear overnight. For your phone use something like Symbian or Bada.

It probably has more to do with websites you visit and which apps you have than which operating system you use. You can get programs that will intercept and block spam.

If you want to be completely free of spam, then the simplest way is to dump your mobile phone, laptop and computer totally. But then, the beggars will probably get you with their spam calls to your home phone line.
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Bill on July 23, 2012, 05:21 PM
I took Jack's advice and got rid of all my electronic gizmos.

Then the postie arrived with this lot...


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1401-50/1442_zpsa94fa9bf.jpg)
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Fudge on July 23, 2012, 05:37 PM
 ;D ;D ;D Ha ha So funny Fudge
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Vanessa on July 23, 2012, 07:23 PM
Very funny Bill  ;D ;D

I get very little spam in my emails, BT Yahoo is very successful in sifting the dross out and putting it in a spam box, I check it just to make sure they haven't sent anything legit there which happens occasionally. The spam I receive is usually for viagra and bank scams and the occasional begging letter, because its in my spam box I can delete the lot in one go.

Vanessa
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: daftjack on July 23, 2012, 09:51 PM
Hi All, The reason I mention Android is that it is produced by Google. ANYTHING to do with Google is a BIG no no. Google is more pervasive than Microsoft ever dreamed of being. As for Spam, I have been with Riseup for years, and never once received a spam email. Spam should not be a problem for anyone on today's net. It is the lack of privacy for most net user's that is today's big problem.
How many adverts, pop-up's, and other types of rubbish, do you get with something like .Onion, answer: none. This is the way the web is moving, OPEN-SOURCE, and big Business (with most Governments) do not like it, because they have no control.
If Everybody could use TOR and IP2P or FREENET (which supports darknet and Opennet)  Imagine how free from Government and Big Business the net could be.


Just a thought........


Daftjack.
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Lewy on July 24, 2012, 02:36 AM
Received an e-mail today from our "next door neighbour" stating that she was on a short-break in Spain and had been mugged. Brit Embassy and local police refused to help and requested money for flight home.
Popped round and when she answered the door I asked her if she was in Spain!!!!!
30 of her contacts from her e-mail account received the same e-mail as me.

Lewy
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Martin on July 25, 2012, 09:57 AM
I've been using OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/) (a free alternative to Microsoft's office products) for many years and have found it simpler to use than Microsoft's bloated programmes.  That said, I've recently converted to LibreOffice (http://www.libreoffice.org/) as it seems slightly more advanced than OpenOffice and uses British English as opposed to American English.  As with OpenOffice, it's also free.

Download - British English (http://www.openoffice.org/l10n/download/en-GB.html)
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Ashtonian54 on July 25, 2012, 10:37 PM
Well, Apache is in charge of OpenOffice now, when I uograded I saw the choice of English and selected Merkun because I live here. I did see the UK English as an option.
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Martin on July 26, 2012, 12:20 AM
Thanks Martin.  It would seem they've got this page (http://www.openoffice.org/download/) wrong then.

I couldn't say, Bill. I'm still on version 3.3. The fact that it is specifically mentioned might mean that it is a temporary shortcoming. I can spell in British English, anyway, so wouldn't be fooled by any attempt to get me to spell stuff the merkin way. :)
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: daftjack on July 26, 2012, 08:31 AM
Hi All, Here is me thinking the merkin way was just another term for FONETICALLY


Just a thought........

Daftjack.
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: greeny on April 24, 2013, 11:41 AM
hi got a phone call this morning , about the warranty on my boiler had run out , when i ask when did it run out and when was it installed and what was the make of the boiler , he could not give me an answer to any of my questions , only that it was showing on his systems , and i could renew my warranty right now , ha i said my boilers fully covered , so you can put that on your system he hung up , i think this is a scam  so beware  >:(
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Kiwi on December 12, 2013, 01:01 AM
^^^^^^^^^
In breaking news, Fedex has merged with UPS, the new company will be known as FedUp  ;)
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Martin on December 12, 2013, 04:10 PM
How good are you at spotting scams?

Test your knowledge with this quiz:

http://www.opendns.com/phishing-quiz/

Click "phish" or "real" under each example. At the end it will tell you which ones were fakes ("phishes") and how it was possible to tell.
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Kiwi on December 12, 2013, 10:35 PM
7/14  :-[
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Martin on December 13, 2013, 01:07 AM
I didn't do too well, either, but then I receive my emails as plain text rather than html and would probably have ignored most of those had they arrive in my mailbox.
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: herby on December 13, 2013, 02:29 AM
Hi
               ! got 7-14. I don't use the internet to do anything concerning money I don't buy, bank, or pay any bills so I don't think I'll get scammed in a hurry.   herby 
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Dannyx6 on December 13, 2013, 05:37 AM



7/14
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: paul_b on December 13, 2013, 09:24 AM
7/14
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Vanessa on December 13, 2013, 01:09 PM
9/14
But then again I only ever access this type of account direct, I wouldn't do it via an email.
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Ashtonian54 on January 14, 2014, 05:30 PM
12 / 14 
but that's really because I always sken the URL.

The two I missed were NOT phish sites.  One Amazon and one HSBC

I very rarely go anywhere outside my usual sites.

Ian
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: herby on June 29, 2014, 10:48 AM
Hi
          Try putting it in snopes   herby
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: greeny on April 20, 2017, 07:56 PM
Hi the scamers  are at it again automatic phone calls saying they have found your bank account as been hacked and we will check it just give us your account number no names mentioned and the caller withheld there number so beware such a scam :(
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: Fudge on April 21, 2017, 11:15 AM
Hi Just tell them I dont do anything by pphone or computer I do the calling and ignore if they say hang up and phone back as that can be a scam Fudge
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: greeny on May 25, 2017, 06:18 PM
Hi another scam doing its rounds an inheritance from China guangdong nanyue bank co lits a load of rubbish beware  :(
Title: Re: IS IT A SCAM
Post by: greeny on July 09, 2018, 04:06 PM
Hi the scamers are at it again six phone calls with people you can hardly understand claiming that my I p will cut you off on the next 24 hours load of rubbish I have tried to lead them on but they hang up on you we rang our internet provider and they said they have had severel people with the same complaint .so if you get any of these calls you can politely tell them to go and do one  >:(