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Topic # 102588 17-May-2012 16:09 Send private message

On two occasions in the past few months I have received telephone calls from some Indian gentleman who says he is from a group called "Windows Care" and that he wished to advise me about problem files that this group has detected have been uploaded to my PC.
The reason I am suspicious is that he always asks for a Mr. X, which is not my name but is my partner's surname and the phone is registered in her name. Obviously these people are using the time honoured telephone hit list.
Had he quoted a product code, a licence number, or even an IP address then I might have have been a little less suspicious although the fact that my anti-virus and anti-malware software has detected nothing would have kept me sceptical.

Has anyone else had any calls from these people?

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  Reply # 626913 17-May-2012 16:10 Send private message

It's a scam.



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  Reply # 626916 17-May-2012 16:12 Send private message

gehenna: It's a scam.


I guessed as much.

Is there anyway we can have these people tracked down?

Perhaps we should get the NZ Herald to do a piece?



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  Reply # 626918 17-May-2012 16:13 Send private message

Scammers. I had a call yesterday. You can tell when you are getting a scam call if you have caller display because it comes up with just 5 numbers. I now treat most unsolicited phones call as such.

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  Reply # 626922 17-May-2012 16:14 Send private message

HairyScot:  

Perhaps we should get the NZ Herald to do a piece?




There have been hundreds of mainstream media stories in the past year covering all the newspapers and tv networks.

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  Reply # 626923 17-May-2012 16:15 Send private message

EXTREMELY common scam. Have a search on here / google for many other threads / posts about this scam.



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  Reply # 626925 17-May-2012 16:18 Send private message

sbiddle:

There have been hundreds of mainstream media stories in the past year covering all the newspapers and tv networks.


Gee!  I seem to have missed those.
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  Reply # 626928 17-May-2012 16:19 Send private message

from just todays

Scammers call police station



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  Reply # 626931 17-May-2012 16:22 Send private message

boby55: EXTREMELY common scam. Have a search on here / google for many other threads / posts about this scam.


I did search for "Windows Care" but found nothing specific.
Have now tried with broader arguments and picked up quite a few.

Thanks


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  Reply # 626934 17-May-2012 16:26 Send private message

There was a tv bit (Campbell Live?) on these guys recently and apparently some threatened to rape and kill a couple of people who called them out!

Tell them to get f!&#d!

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  Reply # 626943 17-May-2012 16:34 Send private message

We get a few of these every week. Very common. I like to reply with "Which Windows machine did you detect this problem on? Was it the iMac or Macbook Pro?"

P.S. Not saying Macs are immune to malware, as that's patently false. Just calling them out on identifying an infected Windows machine in our network :-)

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  Reply # 626948 17-May-2012 16:42 Send private message

Have some fun with them and see how long you can keep them on the phone for. It's quite satisfying when they get totally annoyed and start swearing at you!

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  Reply # 626954 17-May-2012 16:52 Send private message

I greeted them like a long lost friend the other day when they called and they got all confused and hung up. I only had them on the phone for about 30 seconds. I was just getting warmed up. A bit gutted that it didn't last longer....




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  Reply # 626956 17-May-2012 17:00 Send private message

we get call most nights. The other night they rang and they said who they were and I said so you are the Indian scammers. She said you the New Zealand D**KHead, I over then next 5 minutes I kept insulting her and her response was the same as before.  When I said thats not nice language for a lady to use she hung up.

Be just a co incidence but had no calls since.


I have no problem with Indian people, only these scammers for the record.




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  Reply # 626963 17-May-2012 17:24 Send private message

We have a discussion here created back in August 2010... A few months after that the mainstream started running stories on that. I think you missed it all.

Please continue in the original discussion.





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