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Old 17.09.2011, 18:20
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"Windows Service Centre" scam ?

I just got a phone call (in English) from someone who claimed to be from the "Windows Service Centre". He told me that they had noticed a large amount of "malicious software activity" on my PC, which they would like to investigate in detail with me.

When I told the guy that I use a Mac, the line went dead very suddenly.

Has anyone else experienced this? I am thinking it may be some kind of scam where they persuade gullible people to allow them to take control of their PC remotely for some malicious purpose.
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Old 17.09.2011, 18:25
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

It is a well known scam ( search scam on here to find related threads ).

Computer Support Scam
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Old 17.09.2011, 18:26
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

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It is a well known scam ( search scam on here to find related threads ).

Computer Support Scam
Ah, apologies.. I searched for "Windows Service Centre" and didn't get any results.
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

I got at least 10 calls from " Windows " today.

Here's the latest info on this telephone terror

And https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/kassens...elefonnummer-2

https://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/uner...r-privatnummer
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

Happened to me 2-3 times last year.
I'm still trying to think of something to "waste" the idiot's time. I could stay on the line and talk rubbish/play along but that would also waste my own time. Any advice for something more elegant?
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Old 11.01.2018, 14:43
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

now it's an entirely new dimension. They use real Swiss numbers and the corresponding names. They love it when you pick up the phone and play games.
That does not help!
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Happened to me 2-3 times last year.
I'm still trying to think of something to "waste" the idiot's time. I could stay on the line and talk rubbish/play along but that would also waste my own time. Any advice for something more elegant?
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Old 11.01.2018, 16:56
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

You have to listen to this podcast!!

https://soundcloud.com/replyall/102-long-distance

They look for the people behind one of these scam.
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

It would seem that many of the scammers are from India.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CBL3rS1ZKs



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https://soundcloud.com/replyall/102-long-distance

They look for the people behind one of these scam.
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

I have just now implemented a microcontroller based telephone spam filter on our fixed net telephone line. The phone ring is suppressed if the caller number is not in the white list and the call drops onto a Combox after about 30 seconds. As long as "Windows Help Desk" does not spoof any numbers in the white list, it should work. I have never yet had a spam caller leave a message on the Combox.
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

Swisscom has that filter
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Swisscom has that filter
That call filter is based on a general blacklist plus a personal blacklist, unless I've missed something. The blacklist prevents specifically identified callers calling. However, if the nuisance call center can spoof random outgoing call numbers, it does not help.
It is not the same thing as personal white list where only specifically authorised callers can cause the phone to ring.
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

I had a call yesterday from "Microsoft" where the number was withheld. This shows up on the UPC phone as 'PRIVATE' - I answered as I thought it might be someone from the UK where 50% are ex-directory.

As soon as I asked why the number had been withheld, she hung up...
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It would seem that many of the scammers are from India.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CBL3rS1ZKs
I tend to agree. All the calls I received last year spoke English with Indian accent.
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

I often hear the question: Who is dumb enough to fall for this?

Well clearly more than enough people to keep the business model booming.

The Netherlands just released the numbers for the Microsoft scam. During 2017, it caused 2.000 victims, to lose a total of 7 million Euro's with the highest numbers for one victim being 98.000 Euro.

On behalf of everyone on this forum I would like to thank these 2.000 people to give those criminals all the reasons they need to keep spamming us for years to come.
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

Thanks for the bad link!

Are you in cahoots with "Microsoft"

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I often hear the question: Who is dumb enough to fall for this?

Well clearly more than enough people to keep the business model booming.

The Netherlands just released the numbers for the Microsoft scam. During 2017, it caused 2.000 victims, to lose a total of 7 million Euro's with the highest numbers for one victim being 98.000 Euro.

On behalf of everyone on this forum I would like to thank these 2.000 people to give those criminals all the reasons they need to keep spamming us for years to come.
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Thanks for the bad link!

Are you in cahoots with "Microsoft"

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https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/reportascam/
As you should be aware it is EF that turns certain keywords into links, thanks for the thanks, but I do not deserve them this time.
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

One to you this time. Then EF is in on the Scam as well.
Where does all end?
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Re: "Windows Service Centre" scam ?

No problem. Lenny has your back:

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