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Was it real, or was it a hoax?

Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 5:26 PM

I am thinking the latter.

My cell phone rang, & it showed "unknown" rather than a picture, name or number. I answered anyway.

It was a foreign-sounding voice who knew my name. He said he was calling in regard to my Windows program. When I asked for more information, he said my XM. I no longer use that system. I told him that but did not identify what Windows system I use now. He kept telling me that my computer had downloaded some files that would damage my computer. I don't think those are the exact words he used, but I can only remember so much. I told him I would check with Norton. His response was that Norton wouldn't detect this.

First of all, I could not understand him. He kept talking, & I kept interrupting to tell him I couldn't understand him. Each time I asked him what company he was with, he would say he was calling about my Windows. He didn't even bother making up a company name.

I finally told him I wanted to talk with someone who could speak English that I could understand. He said he would get his supervisor.

A voice then said he was David. I think it was the same person trying to speak more clearly. I again asked for someone who spoke better English. He said he would speak more slowly.

He asked if my computer was on. I asked which computer. He wanted me to go to the computer, click on start, right click on computer & then click on manage. That's when I hung up, which is what my husband wanted me to do from the beginning.

It had to be a hoax. No legitimate call would have come on my cell phone, as I only register my home phone. I wasted 6 minutes on that call. Why did I even answer?

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Best to hang up immediately without speaking at all. If not sure who it is never say "yes" to any question, say "correct". Scammers may record the conversation and edit the recording using your distinct voice saying "yes" in answer to their question will you accept the plan for 50$ a month.

-- Posted by Grits on Tue, Jan 15, 2013, at 7:22 PM

I get legitimate business calls from "unknown". Why some companies block their number, I cannot explain. When my brother calls from a skype account, it comes in as unknown, so I answer all.

Wouldn't you love to have a dummy computer set up that actually sends these scammers a virus or trojan instead of giving them any useable info? It could then wipe out all they've stolen and corrupt their computer.

Is there a way that could backfire on us?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 10, 2013, at 11:11 PM

I do not answer any call that comes up "Unknown"'or a name or number I don't know.

They can leave a message, if important on home phone or cell!!

-- Posted by roadrunner on Thu, Jan 10, 2013, at 9:00 AM

The best advice -- don't give "any" information and hang up sooner than later for your own protection.

-- Posted by decorate1956 on Thu, Jan 10, 2013, at 2:41 AM

Yes, it is definitely a scam. They are trying to get you to give them access to your computer and then they can steal any personal information you may have on your computer like financial records. No reputable company is going to call you out of the blue like that and ask for that kind of information. Many of these kind of scams originate from places like Nigeria and these people have ripped off countless people by gaining access to their computer and banking records and removing funds or receive credit in your name.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Jan 9, 2013, at 11:31 PM

Not a hoax, a scam. If you would have kept listening, he eventually would have directed you to a remote viewer through run commands.

-- Posted by memyselfi on Wed, Jan 9, 2013, at 7:12 PM

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