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Windows 7: Latest phone call from "Microsoft Security"

30 Jun 2016   #1
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Latest phone call from "Microsoft Security"

Had yet another call purporting to come from MS "Vindows" security department. Led him (Martin?) on a bit and eventually told him that I didn't have a computer. He then got very abusive and called me a liar. He was almost threatening. Doesn't cut any ice with me but I help a number of oldies with their minor PC problems and I think one or two of them who are even older than me will feel quite intimidated by these nasty calls. I will contact my little group and assure them that the best thing to do is just put the phone down and forget them. I have the originator's UK phone number and will make a few enquiries to see if anything can be done to curb this practice.


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30 Jun 2016   #2
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Forgot the phone numbers, usually, a black box masks the real number. Definitely assure your group to:
-- quickly, quietly, hang up the phone [do not blow whistles, do not curse, do not bang down the receiver]
-- do not engage in conversation or argument [do not curse, do not yell]
If one gives no opening to such callers, most if not all will simply move onto other possible targets.
The above is what my wife and I have done for some time now.
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30 Jun 2016   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The problem with any scammers phone numbers you might see is that they are almost always fake.
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30 Jun 2016   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks Roland. That's basically what I have already told them but still it causes some of them concerns. We oldies tend to always find something to worry about.
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30 Jun 2016   #5
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I can relate! I even worry about the worrying I already do! -- Roland Dangerfield
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30 Jun 2016   #6
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

The most annoying part of these scammers is that they keep ringing you when you have told them to get lost. Obviously they have an automatic dialling system & it rotates the answered phone to the first available scammer, because there is always a delay when you answer the phone.

I have told them on many occasions to remove my phone number from their database, but they stupidly persist, even after I have repeatedly told them they are a rip off scam.
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30 Jun 2016   #7
Seffrid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

The other way of dealing with such callers is to ask them to hold on for a moment while you e.g. answer the door, then put the phone down on the desk and leave it. The caller will very likely hang on for a while until finally realising you're not returning, and that is time he cannot devote to conning someone else.
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30 Jun 2016   #8
indianacarnie

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Seffrid View Post
The other way of dealing with such callers is to ask them to hold on for a moment while you e.g. answer the door, then put the phone down on the desk and leave it. The caller will very likely hang on for a while until finally realising you're not returning, and that is time he cannot devote to conning someone else.
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01 Jul 2016   #9
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

What I have done on occasion, if it is a slow day for me, is continue to talk to the guy and give him strange answers to his questions. After a while he hangs up on me.
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01 Jul 2016   #10
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I just tell them I have a Mac. They usually hang up right away and they eventually stop calling.
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