Scammer calls from 01908 345673 wanting to reset your password?

Posted by James Brindle on November 15, 2010.

Scammers are now calling direct to your phone, all day, all night attempting to get you to divulge your passwords and bank details.

I had a strange call this afternoon with a voicemail left for me from 01908 345673 – I looked up the 01908 area code which belongs to Milton Keynes although don’t take this as the location they’re actually in thanks to the wonders of technology, you can have a number anywhere but be physically somewhere else.

Here’s the voice recording, have a listen:

His english isn’t that bad but he deliberately trails off at the important parts such as the site he’s calling about!

Naturally, being the concerned citizen, I tried to call him back but his number is permanently engaged!

Don’t be fooled by any of these.  If you answer the phone to them, ask them to identify what site they’re calling about very clearly and their name.

If they ask you for money, don’t give it to them until you’re absolutely sure they are who they say they are.

This follows on from a recent upsurge in reports about scammers phoning people telling them they can assist with the virus on their computer.

Ask yourself this question before you give them anything – how do they know you have a virus?

Odds are that you don’t at all, that they’ll ask you for a small fee, ask you to enter a password, gain remote access to your computer and then tell you they need more money as it’s a bit more serious than they first thought.

Don’t do it!  Don’t do it! Don’t do it!

About the Author

James Brindle is a freelance technology consultant based in Blackburn, Lancashire with over 20 years of experience in the IT, Media and Telecommunications industries with specialties in Web and Mobile Application development, Voice over IP (VoIP) deployment and integration, media storage and distribution systems and wide area solutions. He has a passion for retro gaming and volunteers as a presenter and acts as vice-chairman of Blackburn's Hospital Radio service.

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