I just recieved a call from a woman with an Indian accent. The delay was so long she sounded like she was on the other side of the word and I could hear myself repeating what I’d just said before she answered, as if I was on speaker on another phone nearby.
She asked if Mr ___ was there. My home number is listed under my wife’s maiden name, so if people call and ask for Mr (wife’s maiden name), I know they only got my number from the phone book.
She indicated to me that my computer had downloaded malicious material and if I could go switch it on so she could show me how to get rid of it.
Now, I am already aware that these people have called others before telling them about the exact same problem and some of these incidents have been reported to police. I haven’t reported it cause I have no further information other than what has already been reported.
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This may seem like sucking eggs, but some people do get caught out.
If they call, ask them to provide more information about yourself. Your full name address etc. What kind of computer you use. What kind of “malicious material” you’ve downloaded and from where.
If you do, they will get a little upset, like the woman who called me did. They will keep telling you to go and turn on your computer. If you keep pushing, they will hang up.