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.

  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!

  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.

  Belatucadrus 14:14 01 Mar 2019

Having recently swapped to Plusnet I was perusing my new phone account details and spotted two additional free security options that I could add to the service package, These are Call Protect & Call Barring. Now I may be wrong but I don't remember seeing them on the option list when exchanged providers. I've only just signed up for Call Protect and can't comment on its effectiveness. But the point is as the add goes Every little helps and they may not be the only service provider offering similar extras and add ons, may be worth a logging on to your own providers website and having a look.

  qwbos 16:56 01 Mar 2019

That sounds similar to Sky Talk Shield. I keep meaning to try it. Anybody using it and is it effective?

  Taff™ 15:01 02 Mar 2019

Yes switched on those two PlusNet features but ...

Doesn't stop a mobile number - three this past two days - phoning claiming to be from OFCOM and my internet is being disconnected ..... yadaa yadaa ...

Radio 5 Live this morning reported that HMRC reports 60,000 reports of phone scams reported now since the email servers Spam Filters are becoming too effective so switch to phone scams

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