Warning after fraudsters call computer owners in Kendal pretending to from Microsoft, say police

Warning after fraudsters call computer owners in Kendal pretending to from Microsoft, say police

Warning after fraudsters call computer owners in Kendal pretending to from Microsoft, say police

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BOGUS phone calls from people trying to gain access to computers have been made to residents in Kendal.

Police said there havebeen a string of complaints from people who have had a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft who has then attempted to gain remote access to computers which they claim have a virus or programme problem.

Crime prevention officer Terry Belshaw, said: “These fraudsters can be very convincing to people who may not know a lot about computers. Don’t allow anyone you don’t trust access, remotely or otherwise, to your computer.”

He said that anyone with any concerns should contact police, the county trading standards office or Action Fraud, as appropriate.

If you are unsure who to contact, call police on 101 for advice.

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2:20pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Whinfell says...

The best tactic to use with these cold callers is the method used by an elderly relative of mine who is completely computer illiterate.
When the prospective conman started talking about 'windows' she replied that her windows were perfectly fine,thank you very much,and she was fed up with these double glazing sales people bothering her!
The potential fraudster soon put the phone down!
The best tactic to use with these cold callers is the method used by an elderly relative of mine who is completely computer illiterate. When the prospective conman started talking about 'windows' she replied that her windows were perfectly fine,thank you very much,and she was fed up with these double glazing sales people bothering her! The potential fraudster soon put the phone down! Whinfell
  • Score: 7

6:12am Thu 26 Jun 14

Freebird7 says...

Don't put up with these jokers. I have had these from "Windows" with someone ringing from a Call Centre with a lot of background noise. They have Indian accents but the latest one who called yesterday said his name was "John". Not a convincing start. Then he started the usual rubbish "we are getting error messages from your computer" My responses vary as follows: Which computer? How do you know this? Which they can't answer. OR pretending to do what they say for a while then saying I am getting error messages about them being a fraud. TO Saying I don't have a computer or I don't use Windows.
Never do what they ask you to do under any circumstances!
Don't put up with these jokers. I have had these from "Windows" with someone ringing from a Call Centre with a lot of background noise. They have Indian accents but the latest one who called yesterday said his name was "John". Not a convincing start. Then he started the usual rubbish "we are getting error messages from your computer" My responses vary as follows: Which computer? How do you know this? Which they can't answer. OR pretending to do what they say for a while then saying I am getting error messages about them being a fraud. TO Saying I don't have a computer or I don't use Windows. Never do what they ask you to do under any circumstances! Freebird7
  • Score: 3

9:29am Thu 26 Jun 14

Ken.Moor says...

Can strike drone attacks from half way across the world, can monitor internet access for any website "deemed" to be hosted on severs elsewhere on the planet, can bug phones and listen in on voicemails, can detect evidence of dark matter, split the atom, put a man on the moon...

But can't trace and stop nuisance calls on my land line. Great.
Can strike drone attacks from half way across the world, can monitor internet access for any website "deemed" to be hosted on severs elsewhere on the planet, can bug phones and listen in on voicemails, can detect evidence of dark matter, split the atom, put a man on the moon... But can't trace and stop nuisance calls on my land line. Great. Ken.Moor
  • Score: 4

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