A short public service announcement

  Forum Editor 17:16 28 Feb 2019

There seems to be a fresh spate of phishing calls from people purporting to be phoning on behalf of BT OpenReach about your broadband speed.

Needless to say, the best response is no response. Don't engage with these people.

  KEITH 1955 17:52 28 Feb 2019

Hi FE I am on bt and the scenario goings something like this , automated voice actually speaks your name and says " in 1 hour your internet and phone will be cut off , press 1 to keep your phone line open and press 2 to keep your internet open ". Yesterday I got a newer version of this and the auto voice said " your bt isp number has been compromised press 1 to find out what you have to do"

I know a not so savvy and hard of hearing person who fell for this and his phone line was locked on " international call rate charges " for almost an hour. No matter how many times you put your receiver up or down or even unplug the phones you will not unlock the line.

  BT 17:59 28 Feb 2019

There seems to be several different variations on this one. I had one where they insisted my BT router was faulty and even though I told them I didn't have a BT router and was with Virgin they insisted that BT handled even Virgin's Broadband and transferred me to the 'Virgin' specialist based in 'Essex' who rang off very quickly when I said I was a Virgin Tech (I'm not) and he was talking rot.

  qwbos 00:50 01 Mar 2019

After a long quiet spell, I've been getting a lot of Microsoft variations from oriental sounding ladies rather than the usual Indian chaps called Jeremy, Giles etc.

This gem's on the loose at the moment so may appear in your inbox. It's not all bad. There's some good advice at the end.

Hello!

I have very bad news for you. 12/10/2018 - on this day I hacked your OS and got full access to your account

So, you can change the password, yes... But my malware intercepts it every time.

How I made it: In the software of the router, through which you went online, was a vulnerability. I just hacked this router and placed my malicious code on it. When you went online, my trojan was installed on the OS of your device.

After that, I made a full dump of your disk (I have all your address book, history of viewing sites, all files, phone numbers and addresses of all your contacts).

A month ago, I wanted to lock your device and ask for a not big amount of btc to unlock. But I looked at the sites that you regularly visit, and I was shocked by what I saw!!! I'm talk you about sites for adults.

I want to say - you are a BIG pervert. Your fantasy is shifted far away from the normal course!

And I got an idea.... I made a screenshot of the adult sites where you have fun (do you understand what it is about, huh?). After that, I made a screenshot of your joys (using the camera of your device) and glued them together. Turned out amazing! You are so spectacular!

I'm know that you would not like to show these screenshots to your friends, relatives or colleagues. I think $664 is a very, very small amount for my silence. Besides, I have been spying on you for so long, having spent a lot of time!

Pay ONLY in Bitcoins! My BTC wallet: 145SmyE7DBEQExsnXZobojbQqr5UdgbCHh

You do not know how to use bitcoins? Enter a query in any search engine: "how to replenish btc wallet". It's extremely easy

For this payment I give you two days (48 hours). As soon as this letter is opened, the timer will work.

After payment, my virus and dirty screenshots with your enjoys will be self-destruct automatically. If I do not receive from you the specified amount, then your device will be locked, and all your contacts will receive a screenshots with your "enjoys".

I hope you understand your situation. - Do not try to find and destroy my virus! (All your data, files and screenshots is already uploaded to a remote server) - Do not try to contact me (this is not feasible, I sent you an email from your account) - Various security services will not help you; formatting a disk or destroying a device will not help, since your data is already on a remote server.

P.S. You are not my single victim. so, I guarantee you that I will not disturb you again after payment! This is the word of honor hacker

I also ask you to regularly update your antiviruses in the future. This way you will no longer fall into a similar situation.

Do not hold evil! I just do my job. Have a nice day!

  Quickbeam 07:19 01 Mar 2019

Publish and be damned is the only response to that!

  john bunyan 08:29 01 Mar 2019

I have had “all of the above “ . The telephone one is automated saying “Your ISP ....” press 1. Have not done so, thank goodness. The bitcoin one has been attempted via my old Talk Talk POP e mail. Fortunately I usually look at these on the TT online server and block/ delete them there so they don’t download to my PC

  Forum Editor 08:47 01 Mar 2019

qwbos

The email you posted has been around for a long time. There are slightly different versions, but essentially the message is the same.

  exdragon 08:51 01 Mar 2019

My call from a BT Openreach engineer ended, after I said (politely) no thank you, was, 'Go $&** yourself, you *&%%ing woman!

  KEITH 1955 09:12 01 Mar 2019

The sad thing is some people actully fall for these scams

  qwbos 12:46 01 Mar 2019

FE

I hadn't seen this till about a month ago on another forum, then it popped up in my Hotmail account last week. Strangely, I've only ever had much of this sort of crap, predominantly assorted offers from "ladies", in my Hotmail account. Sadly, I haven't had any potentially lucrative offers from a Nigerian prince recently.

  KEITH 1955 12:58 01 Mar 2019

As well as bt email address I have a gmail address but had to make a 2nd gmail because the first one was getting about 25 %%** buddy invites a day.

I find some of the biggest spam offenders are the very same people who tell you to secure everything and keep all your details secret. Despite companies saying they DONT pass your details on it is obvious from some of my own personal experiences they do.

How else do you explain an email from a games company or some other organisation that I don't use , the emails sometimes begin hello my name or hello game tag.

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