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Windows 7 scam


dlguk
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I received a call today from outside this country claiming to be phoning on behalf of Microsoft as I have been having a bit of bother with my PC (blue screens, sites that I use not opening, just can’t get SP1 to install) I let him keep talking. I asked the name of the company, still none the wiser. He said that M/soft had received a report from my PC and forwarded it to them. He asked me to: • Type ‘inf online’ in Run and see how many PNF files there were....a lot • Type ‘eventvwr’ in Run, the Event Viewer window opened • Under Windows Log/Application 5628 events about 100 red errors, the rest yellow. • I don’t recall what I typed in CMD but it brought up my PCs unique ID which he read saying that was the number they had from M/Soft. • Onto a supervisor, then the crunch, “windows firewall licence has expired, tell me your email address and we will bill you through PayPal, £40 one off payment” He actually gave me London number when I told him I would think about it. I think a ‘Restore to Factory settings’ is in order, any other views??

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dlguk

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Sorry for the delay to you all, ok Lotvic, I wasn’t asked to ‘ping’ just enter a command wgich brought up a lot of info like PC name a list of things way over my head a 3rd from the bottom a number in 3 sections, a little like a product key but not. Sorry I didn’t make a note of, wish I had.

Woolwell, nothing to do with account name or details

Mooley, yep just another way of MS scaring us simpletons to death :)

ZaphodBeeblebrox, I like to let them hang themselves and waste their time, I mean to tell me that win7 f/wall only lasts a month then one has to pay a one off fee to get it for life, hmm!!

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dlguk

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Sorry for the delay to you all, ok

Lotvic, I wasn’t asked to ‘ping’ just enter a command wgich brought up a lot of info like PC name a list of things way over my head a 3rd from the bottom a number in 3 sections, a little like a product key but not. Sorry I didn’t make a note of, wish I had.

Woolwell, nothing to do with account name or details

Mooley, yep just another way of MS scaring us simpletons to death :)

ZaphodBeeblebrox, I like to let them hang themselves and waste their time, I mean to tell me that win7 f/wall only lasts a month then one has to pay a one off fee to get it for life, hmm!!

Thank you all

ZaphodBeeblebrox, I like to let them hang themselves and waste their time, I mean to tell me that win7 f/wall only lasts a month then one has to pay a one off fee to get it for life, hmm!!

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lotvic

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My money goes on the Product Version ID. Bet it was like this example one for Vista

Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00497 (instead of OEM there will be numbers if it is a Retail Product)

All that does is tell which version of Windows it is and all of the installations on pc's of that version have the same Product Version ID. So if they tricked you into telling what W7 you have they would know what the ID was for that version.

The scammers are sneaky trying to con that it is a unique ID

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dlguk

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Yep lotvic, boy do I feel stupid (the only thing I told them) but no harm done, thank you, that does look about right.

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lotvic

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No need to feel stupid, I remember when I didn't know I could be offline when composing an email in Outlook Express...... Used to have heck of a phone bill as there was only dial-up then. lol

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dlguk

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Yep lotvic, I too rememeber those days too, working with Win95, using apps to halt and continue downloads. Wow when one thinks of those times, arggggggggggggggg. Yet we didn't have the creeps that we have noadays. I may contact Trading standards and pass on the number I was given to save others from getting caught out. Thank you again

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hopelessuser

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I got one of those phone calls too! I only got as far as opening eventwvr or whatever, but that was after i hung up the phone on them. Should i be worried? i didn't do anything else beyond that. When they called again after i hung up, i told them that i wouldn't be needed there help and hung up again. I'm running a scan now just to be safe.

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dlguk

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Cheers hopelessuser,

I like to make them waste their time, rotten ain’t I? But when one thinks of all those who will fall for it, it makes me mad.

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hopelessuser

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i like making them waste their time too but my sister was sleeping in the next room and getting annoyed with the call, or i would have totally gone off on them. I've read some pretty funny replies from people online. anyway I'm guessing i'm safe, since they didn't access my computer or anything? thanks for the reply!

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lotvic

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Well don't feel bad,just had phone call from my son and he's had one of the Scam calls today. He was surprised at just how forceful and convincing they are. He strung them along for a bit until they sussed that he was in front of the microwave pressing buttons..... it was when it went 'ping' that gave the game away. My son is a Network Administrator. lol

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