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Neil Wyatt09/01/2019 16:44:43
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Best thing to do with unknown phone numbers is put them into google.


Maurice09/01/2019 19:00:08
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I had a call from a nice sounding West Indian gentleman.

Him. "Good morning Mister Cox, I work for Microsoft and need to talk to you about your computer".

Me. " I have an "Apple", what's that got to do with Microsoft?"

Him. (after a short pause) "Mister Cox, you are a bad man"....Click.

I think he had that the wrong way round!


Derek Lane 209/01/2019 19:57:09
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I got this as an e mail the other day . Luckily I know better and also the senders e mail is totally wrong was the first thing that alerted me

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Anthony Knights10/01/2019 11:22:07
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I would love to let these scammers take remote control of my computer .I would have a folder marked BANK containing some really nasty viruses. Unfortunately, I don't know how to set this up.

Neil Wyatt10/01/2019 11:43:18
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I had an automated spam call pretending to be BT this morning.

I sent the number to Action Fraud but I don't expect much.


Punctured Bicycle10/01/2019 12:06:17
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I had a call allegedly from BT (I am a BT customer), claiming I had viruses on my PC. I asked the caller's name, "Jonathan Smith" he says in a heavy Indian accent. I've had quite a lot of dealings with BT support over the years, so the Indian accent wasn't enough to put me off. Ignoring his questions, I asked what dept he was from and where the office was. Realising he'd been rumbled, he said "Mars". I replied "Ooh, I didn't know BT had a Mars office. How interesting!". I was about to hit him with a barrage of Mars-related questions when he hung up. Boo!

Brian Oldford10/01/2019 12:10:43
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Posted by Anthony Knights on 10/01/2019 11:22:07:

I would love to let these scammers take remote control of my computer .I would have a folder marked BANK containing some really nasty viruses. Unfortunately, I don't know how to set this up.

Have a trawl around

Make sure you run a VM and have spoof phone numbers and e-mail address.

More advice here

Martin W10/01/2019 13:15:15
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I hope that most are aware that there is another scam circulating. Email purportedly coming from the TV Licensing Authority stating that they are having trouble processing a payment. One I received was poorly written and clearly a scam but the other looked convincing and could easily fool the unwary, I believe that there was a case recently where someone lost a fair bit of money to this scam.

The give away is the sender's email address and the fact that I don't need a licence being an old crinkly scrote.


Grey/Bald & Aged

AKA: - MartinW

Chris Trice10/01/2019 14:43:05
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I get a text alert every month from o2 saying my latest statement is online but this week I got one saying that I'd used a premium number outside my tariff (I hadn't) and to click on a link beginning http://s.o2..... Obviously I didn't but the unnerving part is that it came into the same folder with the other genuine o2 texts so the scam is mimicking o2 as the sender.

Edited By Chris Trice on 10/01/2019 14:43:31

Clive Hartland10/01/2019 16:45:42
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Had one yesterday supposedly from TalkTalk, sayng my DD had failed and would I give my acct. details/

No way would i do that. A quick chat to talktalk soon found that my acct was OK.

Howard Lewis11/01/2019 12:47:20
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Talk talk have an address where you can report phishing attempts.

Often they know about it, since you are not the first to report it.


Geoff Theasby11/01/2019 13:15:47
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Apart from the two (Two!) calls from 'BT' yesterday threatening to cut me off, as they have been doing for months, I got an English voice asking if I had taken out a plan to protect against spam phone calls. As this provision only came into force on Monday, they are quick off the mark. I asked after the cost, and he said 39p per week. I told him that was £20 a year for something that is allegedly free, ... and he cut me off.

martin perman11/01/2019 13:16:42
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If I get emails I dont recognise they are deleted but what amazes me is the no of phone calls people answer, I've had call guardian for several years and only get calls that I'm expecting or are family and friends, the phone blocks the rest, I've had five unidentified calls this week that were blocked and except for two single digit calls the other three were identified as scam no's on the internet one being from BT allegidly.

Martin P

Clive Hartland11/01/2019 13:23:43
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It would appear that if you make enough calls trying to outwit people then someone will get by. Recent case was the TV Licence scam where a couple went through the internet and selected a site who then skimmed them for £10.000.

Be internet savvy, query anything that seems not right. In any case, a cold call or an email out of the blue is not true!


KWIL11/01/2019 15:12:10
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What am I doing correctly?, I rarely get scam emails or phone calls as described in this thread!!

Barnaby Wilde11/01/2019 17:07:48
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Posted by KWIL on 11/01/2019 15:12:10:

What am I doing correctly?, I rarely get scam emails or phone calls as described in this thread!!

Is it possible that perhaps you have yet to 'embrace' the modern world? Even the most security aware of us are still subject to the random block diallers of phone numbers.

SillyOldDuffer11/01/2019 17:14:39
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Posted by KWIL on 11/01/2019 15:12:10:

What am I doing correctly?, I rarely get scam emails or phone calls as described in this thread!!

Luck perhaps? Despite keeping a low profile and having a hardened system I get dodgy emails - they started after a friend forwarded one of those 'joke' emails to me and a bunch of other mates. By sending the email all our addresses were blind copied to the original sender, who sold them on. Please don't copy funny ha ha email junk to your friends!

A colleague who ran his own mail server was able to use a slightly different address each time he shared on the internet. By monitoring which aliases got spammed he was able to identify which businesses were selling his details on. (Later this became illegal) In addition, many legitimate companies have lost customer details to hackers, as in this example. Don't use free wifi access to conduct sensitive business without a VPN - wifi hot points are easily monitored. Don't use unencrypted wifi at home either.

There isn't a policeman patrolling the internet unless you're buying guns, drugs or porn. In the UK the Information Commissioner chooses not to act proactively - they intervene AFTER your data has been lost, and are unsupportive if you ask for confirmation that an organisation actually has appropriate security in place. As good security is expensive it's common for IT systems to be inadequately protected at any of several key points - risk assessment, policy, design, build, maintenance, networking, processes, management, ethics, or staff management. Hackers are rather expert in exploiting IT weaknesses caused by corner cutting.

Safe enough with reasonable precautions but the price of peace is eternal vigilance.


martin perman11/01/2019 17:21:47
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Whats VPN

Barnaby Wilde11/01/2019 17:55:16
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Posted by martin perman on 11/01/2019 17:21:47:

Whats VPN

A VPN is an acronym for 'virtual private network'.

VPN's are often used by idiots who think nothing can be traced back to them.

martin perman11/01/2019 18:19:37
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Thank you I googled VPN to try and understand it but it spoke of IP addresses and Servers, now I'm not daft but why do I have to fiddle with those.

It just seems like another piece of software thats been created to earn money.

Martin P

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