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10:40 am on Jul 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Received a telephone call today and the caller asked for me by name. I confirmed it was me. She then proceeded to inform me there was a serious problem with my computer. I sounded shocked and asked her to explain.

I was told there was a piece of malicious software that had been installed without my knowledge, but they where able to remove it. All I had to do was visit a website and it would then prompt me to allow them access to my system.

I asked how they were able to find out about the problem. I was told that because they where a service provider the system would automatically inform Microsoft of any serous problems. I then asked how much and was told there would be a one off charge of 54 to resolve the problems.

I thought about it for a moment then said...

1. I run Ubuntu Linux
2. The data protection act does not allow you to obtain any information from my system
3. You are in no way affiliated with Microsoft
4. I will not be giving you a penny.

This is something that could catch out a lot of people.

Mack.
11:40 am on July 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Haven't had that and probably won't as I don't pick up the phone for unrecognisd numbers until the caller starts to talk to the answerphone.
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This is quite a well-known scam - just do a search for 'computer problem scam'. I got numerous calls over a period of weeks recently - with me getting ruder and ruder to the caller(s). From their accents they were all Indian.
11:53 am on July 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yea the caller I spoke to today was I suspect from India. I know of another two people who have also received this call within the past month. One was taken in by the scam and allowed the person access to her system. Thankfully she refused to provide credit card details.

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7:04 pm on July 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Wow. If these companies put that much energy towards doing 'real' business instead of these scams they'd probably do pretty well profit wise. Too bad they focus on scamming people :/
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In a related scam, I've been getting emails from different domain registrars telling us to loggin to some bogus site and update our passwords.
9:03 pm on July 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I regularly get international calls showing up on the caller id log. No idea who they are, I don't answer them when I am at home.
 

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