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Internet connection scam 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 5 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 5 days 15 hours 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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