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NEW INTERNET SCAM

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I’d like to warn you all of a new Internet Scam – last night I received a call from someone who said they were ringing from the world wide web because my Network ID was generating error messages and warnings; and that the world wide web would crash if I did not help them resolve the issue !

OK put like that it’s obviously a scam BUT they were very plausible, they had my name, address, telephone number and date of birth !

They insisted they did not want access to my computer and that they would ‘show’ me copies of the error and warning messages they were receiving – all I had to do was follow their instructions to view this information (oh yeh, as if !). They just wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer (if I hung up they rang straight back, so I was on the phone for over 40 minutes being harangued !!!) – I said I was quite prepared to help resolve the issue (not !) so would they please let me write down their instructions and I would confirm with my IT expert and ring them back – they wouldn’t agree to that (wonder why not ?) and said that the WWW does not have incoming telephone lines (well of course it doesn’t, it doesn’t exist as a single entity with offices and staff etc !!!). In the end they got nasty and said if I didn’t co-operate then they had no option but to cancel my network ID and access to the internet. I said OK do that and finally got rid of them.

I did, however, ring my IT friend (he has his own business supplying computer systems to major companies in the UK) –he confirmed what I had thought, that this was indeed a scam and that I had done the right thing in refusing to allow them to “show” me their information.

But as I said, they were very plausible (and threatening) and their ‘threats’ to cancel network ID’s and not allow access to the internet could fool/scare a lot of people into believing their assertions and complying with their request.
So if the Web suddenly disappears we blame Suzieq! :lol: :lol:

But yes, these scammers can sound very plausible. Thanks for the warning.
well they would not fool me ,everyone knows the internet is a small black box with a red flashing light on the top :lol: .
i would have kept them on the line for as long as possible ,asking silly questions and pretending my computer was faulty and get them to try and fix it :lol:
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Believe me David they were quite happy to stay on the phone :dry:
How intrusive and infuriating. Did you report them to the police? The police where my Dad lived used to warn folk by email of current scams etc

Melly1
melly1 wrote:How intrusive and infuriating. Did you report them to the police? The police where my Dad lived used to warn folk by email of current scams etc

Melly1
no point Melly, nothing they could have done - it was a call from a foreign call centre, withheld number.