A New Phone Scam?

We’ve been getting a new kind of phone call recently; we’ve gotten I’ve answered at least five of them over the last couple of weeks, and I believe Jane has answered some as well. I pick up the phone, and say “Hello?” There’s a pause, and a brief ring, and then a voice with a strong Indian accent comes on:

“Hello, this is Mark, from the Virus Control Center. I’m calling about your home computer, which is under attack. Hackers are breaking into your home computer.”

And I thought to myself, the only way this guy knows whether someone’s breaking into my home computer is if he’s doing it himself. –Click–

“Hello, this is Steven, from Windows Computer….”

And I thought, “That’s not a real company.” –Click–

“Hello, this is George, from Windows Technical Support. I’m calling about your home computer.”

That one got me out of bed. I was rude to him. –Click–.

“Hello, this is Susan, from Windows Technical Support Center….”

This time it was a lady, pretending to have more information about my home computer than she should have. –Click–

Is anyone else getting these phone calls?

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  • kathyschiffer

    No home phone, thankfully. Politicians don’t call me, either.

  • grd22

    yes, and I told him to go f=-k himself.ive had three calls recently and always a indian accent ,one said he was the irs and another one said we have a government grant coming,and now this one said our computer is going to crash – i gave them all the same response and one of them even said he was going to blank my wife when I told him he was a scammer and go f/.-= himself.don’t trust anyone over the phone

  • grd22

    they can and have access to your cell phone as well,because one of the calls was to my wifes cell ph#.so beware and never give anyone any information over the phone.TRUST NO ONE

  • Heather

    Oh yes, we get these all the freaking time. If we have the time and inclination, we try to give them the runaround to keep them on the line as long as possible so that they can’t get to their next call as quickly. A friend of my roommate’s once kept hers on the line for more than an hour and had him/her swearing at her in frustration by the end.