Beware Of A Cold Call From Microsoft

Posted by on Apr 04, 2011 | 4 Comments

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The Speculator has learned that a number of Devonport residents have received calls from malcontents pretending to be from Microsoft, who claim one’s PC has contracted a virus.

The caller  – often in a heavy Indian accent – then instructs the victim to visit a certain website where they are told to download various things onto their PC, give their credit card number etc.

THIS IS A DANGEROUS HOAX, honest burghers of Devonport.

Many years ago The Speculator had an Auntie who was was also a JP in the challenging environment of Glen Innes. She would occasionally receive rude calls from dissatisfied and abusive locals.

Her solution was to keep a whistle by the phone, which, when enthusiastically blown into the mouthpiece, would result in the caller’s skull resonating at the whistle’s unpleasant and shrill frequency for some minutes after my Aunt had hung up. She claimed it was extraordinarily effective.

The Speculator would urge its readers to adopt a similar strategy.


  1. GB says:

    LOL if they ring me, I’ll jus ask for their phone number to ring them back without giving any info re myself or my puter. 😉

  2. Sara says:

    I just told the caller I don’t have a computer, which left her wonderfully confused.

  3. JL says:

    Oh darn it, they’re still calling, and I didn’t have the highly recommended whistle at hand!….on Good Friday too!
    This time they said they were calling from the Windows technical centre, and when I told them (quite loudly) that I know they are scammers, the woman,to whom English is a second language, actually had the gall to argue with me….Grrrrrrr…How cheeky is that?

  4. christine says:

    They are obviously still trying it on, we got a call from them today.

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