This scam is STILL doing the rounds

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  1. Posts : 11,209
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #1

    This scam is STILL doing the rounds


    Hi there
    I can't believe this but people are still getting scammed by this old perennial scam.

    Unsolicited phone call says something like this "Due to illegal activity your ISP will disconnect your Internet in the next 48 hours --please press XX ...... etc etc"

    Once you've pressed XX or whatever -- you've given away "The keys to the kingdom".

    If you WERE doing illegal detectable activities the ISP would contact you directly -- either by email or by "Snail Mail" or both and at least have details of your account -- or if they did phone it would be a direct verifiable call from the ISP and not an unsolicited unidentified caller one.

    I'm still amazed how so many people get scammed by these really obvious ones-- remember "The price of Education might be expensive -- but the price of ignorance is Astronomical"

    Please guys here don't get scammed -- whatever the scam is and if you hear of other ones doing the rounds do post details.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526
       #2

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there
    I can't believe this but people are still getting scammed by this old perennial scam.

    Unsolicited phone call says something like this "Due to illegal activity your ISP will disconnect your Internet in the next 48 hours --please press XX ...... etc etc"

    Once you've pressed XX or whatever -- you've given away "The keys to the kingdom".

    If you WERE doing illegal detectable activities the ISP would contact you directly -- either by email or by "Snail Mail" or both and at least have details of your account -- or if they did phone it would be a direct verifiable call from the ISP and not an unsolicited unidentified caller one.

    I'm still amazed how so many people get scammed by these really obvious ones-- remember "The price of Education might be expensive -- but the price of ignorance is Astronomical"

    Please guys here don't get scammed -- whatever the scam is and if you hear of other ones doing the rounds do post details.

    Cheers
    jimbo

    I just finished a block on browser tool bars on my Mother's computer.
    I counted 17 toolbar (coupon scams).
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  3. Posts : 11,209
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
    Thread Starter
       #3

    thomaseg1 said:
    I just finished a block on browser tool bars on my Mother's computer.
    I counted 17 toolbar (coupon scams).
    Hi there
    @thomaseg1

    that's also "as old as the hills" too --remember when loads of software used to prompt you to "install a toolbar" !!!

    Never install "3rd party supplied toolbars" -- toolbars provided by say Firefox etc are OK - they only have one a "bookmarks toolbar" which is fine -- you shouldn't need anything else.

    Note though that type of program which adds toolbars isn't a virus "per se" so is unlikely to be protected against by A/V software or even software that proports to protect against PUPs. Fortunately those toolbar things are rare these days.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. Posts : 10,545
    Windows 10 Workstation x64
       #4

    jimbo45 said:
    I can't believe this but people are still getting scammed by this old perennial scam.

    Unsolicited phone call says something like this "Due to illegal activity your ISP will disconnect your Internet in the next 48 hours --please press XX ...... etc etc"

    Once you've pressed XX or whatever -- you've given away "The keys to the kingdom".

    If you WERE doing illegal detectable activities the ISP would contact you directly -- either by email or by "Snail Mail" or both and at least have details of your account -- or if they did phone it would be a direct verifiable call from the ISP and not an unsolicited unidentified caller one.

    I'm still amazed how so many people get scammed by these really obvious ones-- remember "The price of Education might be expensive -- but the price of ignorance is Astronomical"

    Please guys here don't get scammed -- whatever the scam is and if you hear of other ones doing the rounds do post details.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    There seems to be a new push on this one, I've not received any scam calls in months but I've had this one every day this week.

    If it carry's on I may need to turn my call guardian spam blocker back on.
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  5. Posts : 7,127
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #5

    Unsolicited calls are illegal in the UK and carry a stiff penalty. I usually ask for the caller's name and address and advise them I work in a fraud squad, their call has been traced and the police are on their way.

    Alternatively, string out the call so they waste their time and then say your password is ******* because that's what the computer says.
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  6. Posts : 10,545
    Windows 10 Workstation x64
       #6

    I've just had another one - my call guardian spam call blocker has now been turned back on.
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  7. Posts : 920
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    Scams have been going since the first person rung the sweat out of his loincloth into a hollow gourd and sold it as a cure all for "what ails ye". Unfortunately scams only work because people are stupid, greedy, ignorant or a combination of all three.
    The boom in the always connected technology just allows the scammers to become anonymous, the scams don't really change at their core, it's still "get this for free" or "pay this or else".....
    If you did not initiate contact treat it as a scam, this applies to phone calls, e-mails, texts, letters.
    If in doubt make contact with the company yourself, through officially listed methods.
    No reputable company will ever ask you for your passwords in an email or text or phone call.
    If a web form asks for your login details, check there is HTTPS in the address bar and the padlock icon (the S stands for SECURE), check the spelling of the address when you hover over a link, common spoofed sites tend to use an extra letter in the spelling, or substitute a number for a letter, for example 0 (zero) for the letter o.
    If you click the padlock it will show you details about the site, if it looks fishy don't submit any details.
    This applies to Edge, not sure about other browsers but should be similar.
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  8. Posts : 189
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #8

    The disturbing thing about scam phonecalls is that some people must fall for them, or else the scammers wouldn't bother.

    The latest one in the UK seems to be 'there is a problem with your Amazon Prime account - please press 1'. If you press 1, you are redialled to a premium rate number. By the time you realise it's a scam, you've made a 10 phone call.
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  9. Posts : 855
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 build 19044.1806
       #9

    I get at least one a month, "This is your ISP your PC has been compromised and you internet will be cut off in 24 hours etc press whatever" mostly robotic phone calls, block it and it re-appears on another number.
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  10. Posts : 1,620
    Windows 10 Home
       #10

    @badcrc "If you press 1, you are redialed to a premium rate number..." I've wondered how the scammers do that, do they find a way to mute the redialing beeps?
    Last edited by RolandJS; 31 Oct 2019 at 11:17.
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