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Old 12-03-2018, 10:09 AM   #1
Celtic Yokel
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Scam alert for 'Compromised internet access'


A warning for UK members.
I've just had a phone call from someone with a mid-Atlantic accent tell me that my internet access has been compromised, and my ip address may no longer be safe. To change my ip address press 1; having pressed 1, another mid-Atlantic accent told me that I would need to answer some questions. I was already dubious about the call, and at that point I put the phone receiver down.
1471 informed me that the caller's number was 001441530418606 ................I smell a big fat rat!!!
 
Old 12-03-2018, 10:43 AM   #2
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I'm surprised you got a caller number. Most of these scammers hide their number. Just for interest, what country code is that?
 
Old 12-03-2018, 12:11 PM   #3
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Just for interest, what country code is that?
It looks like Bermuda country code (+1-441) but after that the local phone number should be 7 digits long, not 9, so I'm not so sure...
 
Old 12-03-2018, 02:48 PM   #4
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... tell me that my internet access has been compromised, and my ip address may no longer be safe.
An unsafe IP address. That's a novel concept. Scammers are so clever.

I almost enjoy it when they call me and tell me my PC has been compromised. I ask them what operating system I'm running and they confidently say Windows 10. This has happened I think three times. (I only run windows sometimes in a virtual machine and not for anything important.)

But my all-time favorite was back when we used modems. Some scammers were apparently telling people that hackers accessed their PCs through their modem through "undocumented sidebands."
 
Old 12-03-2018, 09:18 PM   #5
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Generally, if I get a caller ID that I don't recognize, I often let it go to voice mail. If it's real, they can leave me a message and I can call back.

I read this article recently. It's primarily about robocalls, but it applies to real live spam calls also: https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fra...pam-calls.html

I've adopted one suggestion from it: to answer a phone call from an unknown caller with silence. If it's a real person, the caller will say something. It's a robo-call, robot will hand up after a few seconds.

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Old 12-04-2018, 03:01 AM   #6
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what's a "mid-atlantic" accent, as seen from the UK?
 
Old 12-04-2018, 11:49 AM   #7
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An unsafe IP address. That's a novel concept. Scammers are so clever.
I'm not sure that it's new. I seem to remember that I got a call once saying that my Internet provider had been "compromised". Sounds like the same thing, more or less.

@ondoho: mid-Atlantic in the UK means fake American.

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Old 12-05-2018, 12:02 PM   #8
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I'm surprised you got a caller number. Most of these scammers hide their number. Just for interest, what country code is that?
It's worth considering that the caller ID can be spoofed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caller_ID_spoofing
 
Old 12-05-2018, 12:28 PM   #9
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It's worth considering that the caller ID can be spoofed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caller_ID_spoofing
Actually, I'm going to say all spam calls I get have a bogus CallerID. I can see the number, and sometimes a name, but it never has anything to do with the caller.

I almost bit t'other day on a call that ID'd to the local power company. The caller wanted me to go into an office in a nearby town and pay a deposit on a new meter* they'd installed. He gave me 2 hours to do that or my service would be disconnected. I ranted about how I'd never been billed, etc., etc...the guy was very smooth. Even gave me a number to call back to arrange payment and discuss options. They did not ask for a credit card (thank goodness...I might have bit)

I fumed for a bit then called back the number on the caller ID, which was, in fact the power company's line. Talked to a billing clerk there who told me the call was a scam, I didn't owe any money, and my power was not going to be cut off.

My only excuse for almost succumbing: It was about 110 degrees F outside (!!) Life in the Arizona desert.

*probably a "smart meter" -- see hazel's other thread

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Old 12-05-2018, 12:39 PM   #10
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This isn't my thread. Celtic Yokel is the OP and good on her for recognising a scam so promptly.
 
Old 12-05-2018, 01:13 PM   #11
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This isn't my thread. Celtic Yokel is the OP and good on her for recognising a scam so promptly.
Absolutely! Sorry, Celtic Yokel...
 
Old 12-05-2018, 05:09 PM   #12
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I'm not sure that it's new. I seem to remember that I got a call once saying that my Internet provider had been "compromised". Sounds like the same thing, more or less.

@ondoho: mid-Atlantic in the UK means fake American.
Interesting, mid-Atlantic in the USA means: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-At...(United_States)
 
Old 12-06-2018, 03:58 AM   #13
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Thanks, everyone, for your comments to my thread. I haven't been able to find out where the scam call originated from.
I've had calls concerning scams many times, but this was one I hadn't heard of before. Hazel said well done for spotting the scam; as long as my brain is in gear, I get a lot of practice, because of the number of scam and nuisance calls I get. A good many of them are presented with Asian accents and my usual practice is to slam the phone down. It always amuses me by how very English their names are ie James, Charles. I very nearly slipped up one day, because it turned out to be a call from the hospital, but there was just something about the intonation of the greeting so that I allowed the caller to say more.

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