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Windows 7: Strange phone call about my computer?

22 Nov 2014   #1
p5200

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Strange phone call about my computer?

I just received a phone call from a man telling me my pc is at risk and wanted me to get in front of it I have no idea who he was but, he seemed to know my name and address and told me people might even be using my internet but, I'm not running anything wireless? Anyone else get such a call? I have Avast premier use free malewarebytes program and the free superantispyware program. Thanks!


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22 Nov 2014   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

It's a scam - if you have any details of the caller report it to local law enforcement
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22 Nov 2014   #3
p5200

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
It's a scam - if you have any details of the caller report it to local law enforcement
Yeah, I'm going to be getting caller id on my phone I wish I hadn't of just flipped my lid and asked who he was and how did he get my name and address and phone#. but, stupid me I just blew up and told him not to call back that, was the second time he called right back after I hung up on him.
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22 Nov 2014   #4
Dokie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
It's a scam - if you have any details of the caller report it to local law enforcement
Hi Nigel! I can tell you from experience that reporting the caller to the local law enforcement will go no where;even when you have caller ID, and give them the phone number. I have even taken the time to write to politicians and received nothing back. Just hang up. Not worth the trouble reporting them. At least not in Oklahoma.
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22 Nov 2014   #5
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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how did he get my name and address and phone#?

If you're listed in a phone book, then that's where they got the information.
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22 Nov 2014   #6
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I get this call at least twice or more a year. I look forward to a little game I play with them if I have the time. I agree and then let them think I'll sign over control of my system to them only play that I don't understand and keep asking questions and repeating their instruction......pretty soon you can hear the frustration in their voice. Often times when in a hurry I tell them I'm a FBI agent and ask for their phone and website information and that gets them hanging up quickly.
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22 Nov 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would ask for his number and say I'll call back. They are probably sitting in India or some other country. That's why law enforcement cannot get at them.
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22 Nov 2014   #8
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Criminals can spoof caller ID numbers.

They may appear to be calling from a legitimate company or a local number, when, as whs says, they are not even in the same country!!
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22 Nov 2014   #9
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

My callers always lead with that they are with Microsoft and they've detected a very serious problem with my windows. You can also just tell them then that you don't own a PC you own a Mac and they hang up as well !
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22 Nov 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Or say you run Linux. Same effect.
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