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Calls from India - your computer is infected!

Newbie
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Registered: ‎08-11-2013

Calls from India - your computer is infected!

How does the caller have knowledge of my phone number and my IP address - has PlusNet been selling addresses???
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Registered: ‎18-01-2013

Re: CALLS FROM INDIA - YOUR COMPUTER IS INFECTED!

They pick people and dial numbers at random and guess the ISP - they get it right on some occasions.
Tell them exactly where to go and put the phone down - this scam has been going on for years.
*Edit - I hope you haven't installed any software (usually Teamviewer or similar) or given them any personal information !
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Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

Are you sure they knew your IP address? I get these weekly and have never had one know my IP address.
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Grafter
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Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

We don't sell your data.
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Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

I am pretty sure your number has been sold by some insurance company. We have been ex-directory for years and only started getting nuisance phone calls (ranging from accident/PPI/solar panels/infected computer) after a non-fault insurance claim. MoreThan denied selling the information, but I eventually had a phone call from a UK Accident Claims company who told me they had bought the information on my name/address/number from RSA (who own MoreThan).
If you have CLID, you will soon be able to see the international number, unless it is withheld.
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Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

Funny you should say that buy my cold calling increased dramatically on both mobile and landline after getting a few insurance quotes .......
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Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

I never submit a real number when obtaining insurance quotes or similar. http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/telecoms/numbering/guidance-tele-no/numbers-for-drama
Neither do I enter a valid e-mail, usually mmouse@hotmail.com works well! Crazy
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Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

Wonder what the real owner of mmouse@hotmail.com thinks of your actions!  Roll_eyes
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Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

  Their fault for choosing it! Smiley I've also used dduck.
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Registered: ‎18-07-2007

Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

For things like that you're better off using me@privacy.net, which is I believe set up specifically for that purpose Smiley
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Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

I pity the poor Bedford resident that gets the calls when I enter 01234 567891 as my phone number when I don't want follow up calls... Smiley
Grafter
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Registered: ‎04-11-2013

Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

i had the some thing i said no chance to chack my pc for files and hang up no one should ring you if your pc is infected even mircosoft does not do it (if people ring about your pc just hang up)
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Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

Just tell them you only use Linux !
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Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

I predict... "Sir, your linux is infected too"
Grafter
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Re: Calls from India - your computer is infected!

Oh I've been doing Scambaiting for a while now (where you drag out scammers to waste their time so it limits who they can contact)
I managed to ask a "scammer" who did the fake virus call to hold the line whilst I started my computer, went off and did stuff, three hours later he is still holding, waiting for me. idiots..