We all get them. Cold calls flogging double glazing, insurance, charity events and surveys (that will only take a few moments, but actually take 30 minutes). And then there are the scams.
These are the most sinister as they prey on people who have a trusting nature, are unfamiliar with the workings of their computers, or are old and vulnerable. It is preying on this latter group that upsets me most.
I had a couple of calls recently perporting to be from 'The Windows Technical Department'. They told me that they had detected a problem with my computer and that they would, free of charge, fix the problem over the phone. They then set about giving precise instuctions on what keys to press etc in order to gain access to your computer with the intension of ripping me off.
Needless to say I was aware of this scam and resisited. But to have a bit of personal fun I recorded this encounter with, I assume, an Indian call center or it could have been a shed in Mumbai.
I play the part of the vulnerabel, slightly out of it, old man and a little later, his son. Anyway this is how to deal with these internet crooks...