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Just had a call to say there are viruses in my tablet.

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HUNTERF Sat 22-Jun-13 09:52:37

I have just had a call saying there are viruses in my tablet.
As it happened I did have it on which is unusual as I tend to only use it in cafes or pubs.
The person wanted £50 to clear them.
The tablet I have got is only a basic 7 inch one and it is over a year old.
I do have antivirus on it and as I could get a new one for about £75 so who would spend £50 on a 12 month old tablet?.
In any case this is a con as I had only had the tablet on for about 2 minutes when the phone call came through.


Joan Mon 24-Jun-13 10:14:04

I've read that if you get one of those con calls you should keep on hitting the### key before hanging up, as it scrambles their computer. Not sure if it works, but worth a try.

I've had those calls, and told them (truthfully) that I have an apple computer. This confuses them because they have nothing in the script to deal with this response.

But mostly, I just do the ### key thing.

Nelliemoser Tue 25-Jun-13 09:45:25

I seem to have missed out on these. Its just ppi insurance refunds and extra loft insulation around here. I am well aware of the scams and I could enjoy playing someone along. If I have nothing better to do.

j08 Tue 25-Jun-13 10:20:22

Why, when I see this thread title, do I keep on thinking of chemists and contaminated meds! shock

HUNTERF Tue 25-Jun-13 10:35:41

I have got some money with State Bank of India and I received an e mail saying my account was blocked.
The money is safe as the bank is backed by the FSA.
I did check with the bank and they confirmed nothing was wrong.
I could look at the account over the internet but I have never had this set up as the account does not mature for another 3 years.