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Internet connection scam 8 months 5 days ago #3110288

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This morning I received a recorded message from 02134061879 stating that my internet connection was being cut off in half an hour. Then the message went on to say that I was being transferred to a Bt number and I should press 1. At that point I put the phone down, three hours later and I’m still here!
Do people still really fall for these scams?

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Internet connection scam 8 months 5 days ago #3110301

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Sadly they do Vpl :( Seems to be a lot of it on BT at the minute.

bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/...-activities-or-scams

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Internet connection scam 8 months 5 days ago #3110348

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I'm convinced that a woman at the BT call centre in India is behind most of the phone scams. It's always the same voice, and she knows personal details which no-one except an employee would know. BT have been told but don't seem to have acted on it.

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Internet connection scam 8 months 4 days ago #3110751

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I don't answer my landline any more. I let it go onto the answer machine. The phone is set to ring about 10 times before this happens so many ring off before then. If the answer machine is activated they don't leave a message. My friends and family know to call my mobile or if calling the house to speak on the answer machine and if I'm in, I'll take the call.

I don't answer any calls I don't recognise on my mobile either.

My ancient house phone does have a list of the last 10 calls and then I go onto The Information Commisioners Office website and report them. There have been companies in the UK fined heavily for cold calling. You won't be able to stop the scammers calling but report them anyway.

here is the link for UK ico.org.uk/

Alternatively, if you do answer, say politely, "oh just give me a moment," then lay the phone down on the counter, go and run a bath/walk the dog/paint the kitchen..... :P

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Internet connection scam 7 months 2 weeks ago #3126683

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I was visiting my sister when she received one of these calls. And, oh boy, did she have some fun with the scammer. Call went something like this:

Scammer: Hello madam. I'm phoning from Microsoft and we need to check your computer.
Sister: Oh really? What's the problem?
Scammer: You may have been hacked. We want to check.
Sister: What should I do? (she sits in front of blank screen--computer is off)
Scammer: First, is your computer on?
Sister: Just a minute. (sits for a few seconds--taps random keys) Yes, it's on. Now what
Scammer: Enter your password.
Sister: (sound of typing) Ok I've done that. Now what
Scammer: I will send you a link.
Sister: You know what. We both know you're a scammer. You phone here at least twice a week. Why?
Click.

I think it's time to start calling this people out. Play with them--then ask if they believe in Karma.....
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Internet connection scam 6 months 4 weeks ago #3137498

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Microsoft internet scam at it again. Late one night this post came up on the screen.
Call Microsoft and that I had a virus. Well it keep on coming up. So I thought I would just run my
anti-software to see if this was really true.
NOPE.
I got on the computer and typed in this problem. It said it was a scam. Yep I thought so.

Well that went away.

Then last week I checked my cell phone. The message was a "WARNING" you computer will
be shutting down due to viruses. CALL THIS NUMBER>
The voicemail left 9 messages of this recording .
Okay right. So I got on the computer and did a reverse on the telephone number to find out it was
from New York. And it was a cell phone. Sounds like a scam to me.

I got on the computer to look up that area code and by golly Scams are coming from that area code.

And there was a big article on it. I blocked that number on my phone and all is quiet now.

So Don't let something like this get you upset.and wondering what to do. Just be calm and do some homework.

Never call anyone back. Most likely it is a scam.
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Internet connection scam 6 months 3 weeks ago #3142542

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Some stupid git kept calling my cell phone, and saying they are calling about/ need to talk to me about my credit card account/ my unsecured credit card.

I don't *have* a credit card, and way back earlier this year..I said that right away..
The stupid girl kept right on blathering away, which was when i figured out it was a recording..
So, I let loose, quietly, with *every* insult/ disgusting thing I could say... (can't even type them here)..

Funny thing..after doing that twice..the calls stopped...:laugh:
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Internet connection scam 6 months 2 weeks ago #3144473

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bluegrassmusicfan wrote: Some stupid git kept calling my cell phone, and saying they are calling about/ need to talk to me about my credit card account/ my unsecured credit card.

I don't *have* a credit card, and way back earlier this year..I said that right away..
The stupid girl kept right on blathering away, which was when i figured out it was a recording..
So, I let loose, quietly, with *every* insult/ disgusting thing I could say... (can't even type them here)..

Funny thing..after doing that twice..the calls stopped...:laugh:


Very good Bluegrass. I compliment you on your feed back hahaha to the scammer.
If I got a call like that I might also add that my policeman husband has collected enough information
and has a sting going right now on them looking forward to an arrest shortly.
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