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Windows error scam - 02033180510

Windows error scam - 02033180510
WCS.Tony - Mon Feb 08, 2010 @ 11:48PM
Comments: 10

Tony,

I’ve just received a phone call from a guy saying he is from Windows, asking for me by name.

He's saying that my PC is causing errors when I connect and he needs to fix this. He then asked me to turn on my laptop so that he could check the errors. I got worried and decided to ask your advice, he was very insistent but I asked if I could call back latter and he gave me this number 02033180510 (02033 180 510)

HELP

Tags: Phone scam
Comments: 10

Comments

1. WCS.Tony   |   Tue Feb 09, 2010 @ 12:30AM

Hi R

I cannot explain how this chap got your name or phone number, but I have never heard of Microsoft (there is no company called Windows) calling anyone!

Usually when you call them you have to pay for the privilege.

Checking GOOGLE I soon realised that this is just another scam

http://blog2.sidz.id.au/2009/07/25/scammers-called-soc321com-support-on-click-etc/

http://www.digitaltoast.co.uk/supportonclick-systemrecure-scam

Apparently they get you to check Event Viewer and home in on any errors there (there are always some errors there). Then they get you to go to their web site and allow them to access your PC remotely “to fix the problems”. Well once you have done that they can do whatever they want with your PC.

DON’T DO IT!

See http://www.digitaltoast.co.uk/supportonclick-systemrecure-scam "If you are in UK" to report it.

See you.

Tony

2. Cathy   |   Sat Jul 24, 2010 @ 06:21AM

I have also had two calls in the last two days from someone saying my computer is causing errors and wanting me to switch the computer on so they can show me the errors. I did not do this as I am very wary of such calls. I have calls my ISP who have confirmed I there are no problems with my system nor have there ever been. They informed me that this is a scam to either access my computer or sell me a cheap dodgy product. DO NOT DO WHAT THEY ASK YOU.

3. gggirlgeek   |   Sun Sep 05, 2010 @ 08:13PM

Scary! When ANYONE calls saying they are your service provider for ANYTHING. It is a simple process to have them verify your account information. This is as far as the phone call usually goes. If I have not gotten a clear answer after asking 3 times -- 1 is enough -- I say "don't call this number again" and hang up. That is a legal phrase. They cannot contact you again or you can sue them.

They often say we're calling to verify... Can you tell us the name of your... the number on the back of your...

When I'm in the office and need to be polite I say, I'll certainly verify that for you. What's the number (name; account number or whatever it is)? They usually ask again and I say (while laughing) I can verify but I will not give out information. Who is calling? They usually hang up by now but if not, tell them not to call this number again.

If you're at home. Just tell 'em, nice try. Fk off! Don't call again.

It is usually printer cartridge services. But I had one guy call my job and tell me he was my "computer guy" from my "Internet service." I said, Hi, computer guy. Our office has a computer chick, and that's me. What can I help you with? Needless to say, the phone call didn't last very long.

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6. dooncan   |   Thu Nov 25, 2010 @ 10:53PM

Just had this phone call. Guy insisting he was an associate of windows and I needed to get on my computer so he could show me the error.

Assumed this was a scam, but I enjoy trying to make them hang up on me. 5 minutes later he decided I wasn't worth the effort and hung up.

Repeadtely asked him what my IP address was if I've been logging errors with them, kept trying to give me my street address.

7. Cassandra   |   Thu Jul 07, 2011 @ 03:51PM

I just got a call from this guy or his twin. Saying he was from Windows and claiming I had error warning messages on my computer. I told him my land line phone was not near the computer and could I have his phone number to call him back. He gave me a number that did not look right to me. You decide: 011918100066696. I will not be calling him back.

8. Bob   |   Fri Nov 11, 2011 @ 07:30PM

I've received several of these. It's fun to string them along and then ask if I can simpy bring my computer to their office and ... well, make them very uncomfortable. (Apparently if you tell them you have a Mac they simply hang up. But where's the fun in that?)

9. Kevin   |   Tue Nov 22, 2011 @ 02:57AM

I answered a similar call today, didn't get as far as some of you, but that phone number is 011(international access)91(india country code)810-006-6696
So it's likely a valid number, but an expensive call to India.
If someone gets enough information, this looks like a matter for Interpol and your country's equivalent of the FBI etc.

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