1.    07 Dec 2015 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    Unsolicited contact request...Possible spammer's path


    An unknown person is capable of contacting people using the new Windows 10 desktop in the form of a notification.

    I received a notification at 11:52 AM EST on my Windows 10 desktop saying that Kyleigh Bqq would like to add me to Skype: Hi live:higherrankings I would like to add you as a contact. I don't know how I was reached in the first place by this person since I do not have or ever owned a Skype account and my online activities are so limited (No facebook, no personal page, no linkedin profile...just google, Wikipedia and youtube). It is categorically impossible this was some previous acquaintance.

    I never accepted his/her/its contact request so I can't say for sure if it's just an honest mistake or ill intended. I am just writing this because I can imagine someone less computer literate than me accepting the request and assuming it's all fine and well since it came in the form of a desktop notification. If it's a scam, people can be more trusting depending on how it started and if it will become a foot in the door for spammers, I can imagine Windows 10 becoming a great source of irritation for all its users.
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  2.    07 Dec 2015 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 12,600
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    An unknown person is capable of contacting people using the new Windows 10 desktop in the form of a notification.

    I received a notification at 11:52 AM EST on my Windows 10 desktop saying that Kyleigh Bqq would like to add me to Skype: Hi live:higherrankings I would like to add you as a contact. I don't know how I was reached in the first place by this person since I do not have or ever owned a Skype account and my online activities are so limited (No facebook, no personal page, no linkedin profile...just google, Wikipedia and youtube). It is categorically impossible this was some previous acquaintance.

    I never accepted his/her/its contact request so I can't say for sure if it's just an honest mistake or ill intended. I am just writing this because I can imagine someone less computer literate than me accepting the request and assuming it's all fine and well since it came in the form of a desktop notification. If it's a scam, people can be more trusting depending on how it started and if it will become a foot in the door for spammers, I can imagine Windows 10 becoming a great source of irritation for all its users.
    Hi Orion and welcome to Tenforums.

    If you are signing in to your device using a Microsoft account, (higherrankings (at) live.com or higherrankings (at) hotmail.com, etc.), then you get Skype automatically. MS are making it an integral part of their OS. What you need to do, I think, is go into the Skype settings and make yourself private.
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  3.    10 Dec 2015 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 487

    Same issue as OP. Unsolicited Skype contact requests keep coming through on the Desktop from strangers, despite privacy settings set high.

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    The Skype Video app gives very little in the way of settings, so have to go to the website settings instead. They're presumably not doing it through the email address, as it's set to private. There isn't a phone number there, so presumably not that. Therefore, according to the Outlook.com page, that leaves the profile page. But all the profile fields are empty except for the first name. I can only think they're typing random first names and sending requests that way?

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  4.    10 Dec 2015 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    UK
    Posts : 18,334
    Windows 10

    I constantly get messages like that on Skype, main reason I don't use it

    To stop them now in 10 I just stopped Skype Video running in the background, messages now not seen, same as it has always been
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