Hi, am calling from Microsoft. Your PC is infected

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15 hours ago, Metall said:

 

No, I never changed my Toytown password. Why waste another perfectly good password on a buggy system?

 

Yep same here. Interestingly "haveibeenpwned" is not showning TT as having been breached but I have in the past received scam emails with "Hello keith2011" i.e. my unique, for me, TT username.:angry:

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26 minutes ago, keith2011 said:

Yep same here. Interestingly "haveibeenpwned" is not showning TT as having been breached but I have in the past received scam emails with "Hello keith2011" i.e. my unique, for me, TT username.:angry:

 

Yes, exactly this. I get mails claiming they filmed me watching porn (haha) and extorting bitcoin payments (nope!), using my TT nick and password as "proof" of having hacked my PC.
I know the software TT uses, and it's fairly easy to read out all sorts of info without having to break into the server. That's why I don't bother changing anything...

 

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8 minutes ago, Metall said:

 

Yes, exactly this. I get mails claiming they filmed me watching porn (haha) and extorting bitcoin payments (nope!), using my TT nick and password as "proof" of having hacked my PC.
I know the software TT uses, and it's fairly easy to read out all sorts of info without having to break into the server. That's why I don't bother changing anything...

 

 

The thing to do is to make sure you do not use your TT password anywhere else, not even on porn sites.:D

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6 hours ago, keith2011 said:

Yep same here. Interestingly "haveibeenpwned" is not showning TT as having been breached but I have in the past received scam emails with "Hello keith2011" i.e. my unique, for me, TT username

 

That is just a list of publicly traded usernames and passwords which the people running the site have come across.  Not being on the list doesnt mean anything other than noone has sent the details of the breach.  Its not like every hacker immediately reports everything they achieve to the authorities.

 

Im pretty sure (read my old posts if you really want the details) that TT did get its user data stolen a couple of years back though The Management strongly objected to this assertion.  

 

FWIW your email address/username neednt have come from Toytown.  Its possible that someone who knows you from here has you in their address book with your TT name and their address book got leaked. If for example anyone you know uses yahoo mail, your details are almost certain to now be leaked.

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1 hour ago, zwiebelfisch said:

 

FWIW your email address/username neednt have come from Toytown.  Its possible that someone who knows you from here has you in their address book with your TT name and their address book got leaked. If for example anyone you know uses yahoo mail, your details are almost certain to now be leaked.

 

You maybe right but given that it is not just me (ref. the complaints of several years ago) and the comments by @Metall on the software, I would suggest on balance that TT was the culprit.

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I don´t even know my TT password! It´s scribbled down somewhere in an old " Heft...". Old-fashioned pen and paper!

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7 minutes ago, keith2011 said:

You maybe right but given that it is not just me (ref. the complaints of several years ago) and the comments by @Metall on the software, I would suggest on balance that TT was the culprit.

 

TPTB will prolly come along, call me names, and kick my butt for saying such a thing, but yes, I stand by it. ;)

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Evening, Metall!:)

Who, what, which gender (fluid or not)  is TPTB?

Doesn´t anybody write full words anymore?

:lol:

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Thank you, yesterday!

Sounds like your user name should be mine! Yesterday!!! Decades agó, in fact..I can´t keep up!

 

My new motto (brand new ! ): " be your own power."

 

Sounds " cool."

:lol:

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And again but a bit different today.... I got an early call (8 am) with a country code of Belgium (0032), silence then a female machine voice said "Goodbye". Not sure if it is related but around 30 mins later I got the classic I'm calling you from MS (women with sub-continent accent, call centre but well spoken with good quality audio)  I hung up as usual after the end of the spiel only to have her call back almost instantly to which I politely told her to not call again and hung up but the same woman called a third time to ask me why. I told her I knew it was a con and asked how did she feel about being a criminal. No further call back so far, all 3 calls came from different numbers but with a German 02* area code.

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2 hours ago, keith2011 said:

And again but a bit different today... I got an early call (8 am) with a country code of Belgium (0032), silence then a female machine voice said "Goodbye". Not sure if it is related but around 30 mins later I got the classic I'm calling you from MS (women with sub-continent accent, call centre but well spoken with good quality audio)

 

Since you picked up the first call at 8, I'd conjecture that was the test if the number was live, leading to the later MS call.

 

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Of late, I've been receiving numerous emails about my Apple ID.  I have no Apple products.  Similar but different.  I suppose it's a matter of time before they start ringing me. :blink:

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I just had an absolute classic.

A really well dressed Italian guy in a car with Europcar tags just pulled over in a local street and tried to get me to buy some high class clothes. I haven't had that one since I was sitting outside the Baths of Caracalla in Rome about 15 years ago. 

I congratulated him on the con. He asked me if I bought anything at the Baths of Caracalla. That one was trickier there were 3 guys and they asked me if I liked nice clothes from Milan. My East German kept saying politely of course she likes clothes from Milan and I was just sighing. The guys were laughing their asses off because it was so funny.

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Ah, black! Had the same thing in Hamburg about 15 years ago. Well-dressed Italian guy in a nice car in Hamburg beckoned me over. He had a leather jacket to sell. He had " unfortunately lost a lot of money on the Reeperbahn the evening  before. " I actually bought a jacket from him! It was an ok jacket but when he started on selling other stuff, I then smelt a rat and made my excuses.

I didn´t know until your post today this was a well-known racket.

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The guy's name is Mario. I gave a warning warning about him a few years ago, when he was operating around Tiergarten in Berlin. He tries to sell sub-quality clothing in exchange for money to 'buy petrol to get him home'. At the time I saw him, he had a nice Audii. Seems like he's doing quite well as he's still doing it and finding mugs along the way.

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That’s the one, Acton! I was walking past a hotel in Central Hamburg and he beckoned me over! He span a yarn- it was a posh car and he was very well dressed and elegant. 

I guess at the time  he was around 35 or so.

 

I was one of his mugs.

Next time I’ll tell him I’m from Microsoft and his leather jackets are infected!

😂

Just remembering- he spoke poor English and I tried my poor holiday Italian. That was my mistake - I engaged with him.

 

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21 hours ago, Acton said:

The guy's name is Mario. I gave a warning warning about him a few years ago, when he was operating around Tiergarten in Berlin. He tries to sell sub-quality clothing in exchange for money to 'buy petrol to get him home'. At the time I saw him, he had a nice Audii. Seems like he's doing quite well as he's still doing it and finding mugs along the way.

Well he is operating where you live now Acton, in Pankow. Do you live in central Pankow?

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